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Precise Sound

XØNØRØUZ
Pronunciation /ˈsɒn(ə)rəs/ /səˈnɔːrəs/ 
ADJECTIVE
(A voice or other sound) imposingly deep and full.
‘he read aloud with a xønørøuz and musical voice.’

Origin
Early 17th century from Latin sonorus (
from sonor ‘sound’) + -ous.

 

The "Ø" possibly arose in Anglo-Saxon England as an O and an I written in the same place: compare Bede's Northumbrian Anglo-Saxon period spelling Coinualch for standard Cēnwealh (a man's name) (in a text in Latin). Later the letter ø disappeared from Anglo-Saxon as the Anglo-Saxon sound /ø/ changed to /e/, but by then use of the letter ø had spread from England to Scandinavia.

 

The letter "Ø" is also used in written music, especially jazz, to type an ad‐hoc chord symbol for a half‐diminished chord, as in "Cø".

 

In Danish, ø is also a word, meaning "island".

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