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or con·so·nan·tic

  1. of, or of the nature of, a consonant.
  2. marked by consonant sounds.
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Origin of consonantal

First recorded in 1785–95; consonant + -al1
Related formscon·so·nan·tal·ly, adverb
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Examples from the Web for consonantal

Historical Examples of consonantal

  • It lacks the consonantal elements, the characteristic of articulation.

    Man And His Ancestor

    Charles Morris

  • The confusion of the consonantal stems with stems ending in -ĭ-.

  • Here the rime is in the vowel-sound; the consonantal endings differ.

  • The following are a few general rules for consonantal rhyme.

    Legends, Tales and Poems

    Gustavo Adolfo Becquer

  • The consonantal skeleton, in one of its duplicate forms, is then examined for its containing vowel, and the syllable is complete.


    Henry Faulds

British Dictionary definitions for consonantal


  1. relating to, functioning as, or constituting a consonant, such as the semivowel w in English work
  2. consisting of or characterized by consonantsa consonantal cluster
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Derived Formsconsonantally, adverb
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