dissimilation[di sim′ə lā′s̸hən]
- a making or becoming dissimilar
- Linguis. a process of linguistic change in which one of two similar or identical phonemes within a word or phrase becomes unlike the other (Ex.: OFr marbre becomes Eng marble; L peregrinus becomes It pellegrino)
- The act or process of making or becoming dissimilar.
- Linguistics The process by which one of two similar or identical sounds in a word becomes less like the other, such as the l in English marble (from French marbre).
From dis- + -similation, after assimilation.