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bilabial

[ bahy-ley-bee-uhl ]
/ baɪˈleɪ bi əl /
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adjective

produced with the lips close together or touching: the lips touch at one phase of the production of the bilabial consonants p, b, and m; they do not for the bilabial w.

noun

a bilabial speech sound.

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Origin of bilabial

First recorded in 1860–65; bi-1 + labial
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British Dictionary definitions for bilabial

bilabial
/ (baɪˈleɪbɪəl) /

adjective

of, relating to, or denoting a speech sound articulated using both lips( p ) is a bilabial stop, ( w ) a bilabial semivowel

noun

a bilabial speech sound
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