acrophonic /ak'reuh fon"ik/, acrophonetic /ak'reuh feuh net"ik/, adj.acrophonically, acrophonetically, adv.
/euh krof"euh nee/, n., pl. acrophonies.
1. the use of what was originally a logogram as a phonetic symbol for the initial sound of the word the logogram represented, as, in Semitic writing, the use of a picture of a shepherd's crook to represent the sound /l/, the first sound of lamed, the Hebrew word for a shepherd's crook.
2. the use of a word as the name of the alphabetical symbol representing the initial sound of that word.
Also, acrology.
[1880-85; ACRO- + -PHONY]

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