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[la-ley-shuh n] /læˈleɪ ʃən/

noun, Phonetics.
a speech defect in which l is pronounced instead of r, or in which an l- sound is mispronounced.
(phonetics) a defect of speech consisting of the pronunciation of (r) as (l)


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