[ ey-pi-kuhl, ap-i- ]
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  1. of, at, or forming the apex.

  2. Phonetics. (of a speech sound) articulated principally with the aid of the tip of the tongue, as t or d.

  1. Phonetics. an apical sound.

Origin of apical

1820–30; <Latin apic- (stem of apex) apex + -al1

Other words from apical

  • a·pi·cal·ly, adverb

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British Dictionary definitions for apical


/ (ˈæpɪkəl, ˈeɪ-) /

  1. of, at, or being the apex

  2. of or denoting a consonant articulated with the tip of the tongue, such as (t) or (d)

Origin of apical

C19: from New Latin apicālis, from Latin: apex

Derived forms of apical

  • apically, adverb

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