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⟨oe⟩

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⟨oe⟩ is a vowel digraph that occurs in English consisting of O and E. Generally, sounds the ɢᴏᴀᴛ vowel and puts words into the ɢᴏᴀᴛ lexical set. There is also the trigraph ⟨oeu⟩, which is worth considering separately.

Examples[edit | edit source]

  • /əʊ/: Joe, mistletoe, oboe, toe
  • /ʌ/: does (verb)
  • /uː/: canoe, shoe


Across morpheme boundaries (not a digraph):

plurals: does (female deer), echoes, embargoes, heroes, mosquitoes, potatoes, tomatoes, torpedoes, vetoes
past tense of verbs: demoed, echoed, embargoed, mamboed, tangoed, torpedoed, vetoed, zeroed
third person of verbs: echoes, embargoes, goes, torpedoes, vetoes, zeroes
Different syllables
  • /əʊ.e/: poetic, whatsoever
  • /əʊ.ɪ/: coefficient, hydroelectric
  • /əʊ.ə/: poem, poet, poetry
  • /əʊ.ɜː/: coerce
  • /uː.e/: whoever
These words don’t rhyme
  • does (verb), goes
  • toe, shoe
  • manoeuvre /məˈnuːvər/, hors d'oeuvre /ɔːr ˈdɜːrv/
Homophones
  • does (female deer), dose; shoe, shoo; toe, tow; toed, toad, towed;

Graeco-Latin words[edit | edit source]

Many words with "oe" are of Greek or Latin origin, and some of them are spelled or pronounced differently in British English and American English. A plus sign is used to remind that there is a shared spelling or pronunciation.

Shared spelling Shared pronunciation British spelling Br pronunciation American spelling Am pronunciation
amoeba /əˈmiːbə/ +ameba
/daɪəˈriːə/ diarrhoea +/daɪəˈrɪə/ diarrhea
fetus /ˈfiːtəs/ +foetus
homeopathy /həʊmiːˈɒpəθiː, hɒmiːˈɒpəθiː/ +homoeopathy
/ɪˈdiːmə/ oedema edema
Oedipus /ˈiːdɪpəs/ +/ˈedəpəs, iːˈdəpəs/
/iːˈsɒfəɡəs, ɪˈsɒfəɡəs/ oesophagus esophagus
oestrogen /ˈiːstrədʒən/ estrogen /ˈestrədʒən/
onomatopoeia /ɒnəmætəˈpiːə/
Phoebe /ˈfiːbiː/
phoenix (bird) /ˈfiːnɪks/ +phenix
Phoenix (city) /ˈfiːnɪks/
subpoena /səˈpiːnə/ +subpena