[ bahy-ley-bee-uh l ]
/ baɪˈleɪ bi əl /
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.
a bilabial speech sound.
If “W” Is Double U, Why Is It Made Of Two Vs?The 23rd letter of the English alphabet is a bit of a wonder. The humble “w” is the only letter of the alphabet with a three-syllable name. It is also the only letter with a name that does not indicate its phonetic use. The complications of “w” are doublefold because of its name, ‘double u’ and its shape, ‘double v’. What’s going on here? In English, …
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British Dictionary definitions for bilabial
/ (baɪˈleɪbɪəl) /
of, relating to, or denoting a speech sound articulated using both lips( p ) is a bilabial stop, ( w ) a bilabial semivowel
a bilabial speech sound
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