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cacuminal

[kuh-kyoo-muh-nl]Phonetics
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adjective
  1. pronounced with the tip of the tongue curled back toward or against the hard palate; retroflex; cerebral.
noun
  1. a cacuminal sound.

Origin of cacuminal

1860–65; < Latin cacūmin- (stem of cacūmen) top, tip + -al1
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British Dictionary definitions for cacuminal

cacuminal

adjective
  1. Also called: cerebral relating to or denoting a consonant articulated with the tip of the tongue turned back towards the hard palate
noun
  1. a consonant articulated in this manner

Word Origin

C19: from Latin cacūmen point, top
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