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cacuminal

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

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

cacuminal
/ (kæˈkjuːmɪnəl) phonetics /

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

Word Origin for cacuminal

C19: from Latin cacūmen point, top
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