indeterminate vowel

/ɪndəˈtɜmənət ˌvaʊəl/ (say induh'termuhnuht .vowuhl)

noun
a vowel, usually central with a neutral lip position; the vowel sound of most unstressed syllables of English, however represented, as the sound of a in alone and sofa, e in system, i in terrible, o in gallop, u in circus; schwa.

Australian English dictionary. 2014.

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