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idioglossia

Pronunciation: id'e-o-glos'e-a

Definition: An extreme form of lalling or vowel or consonant substitution, by which the speech of a child may be made unintelligible and appear to be another language to one who does not have the key to the literal changes.

[idio- + G. glossa, tongue, speech]

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