The mid front rounded vowel is a type of vowel sound, used in some spoken languages.
While there is no dedicated symbol in the International Phonetic Alphabet that represents the "exact" mid front rounded vowel between close-mid [ø] and open-mid [œ] (since no language is known to distinguish all three), 〈ø〉 is generally used. If precision is desired, diacritics can be used, such as 〈ø̞〉 or 〈œ̝〉.
Its vowel backness is front, which means the tongue is positioned as far forward as possible in the mouth without creating a constriction that would be classified as a consonant. Note that rounded front vowels are often centralized, which means that they're in fact near-front.
Its roundedness is compressed, which means that the margins of the lips are tense and drawn together in such a way that the inner surfaces are not exposed.
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