delabialize

[ dee-ley-bee-uh-lahyz ]
/ diˈleɪ bi əˌlaɪz /
Phonetics

verb (used with object), de·la·bi·al·ized, de·la·bi·al·iz·ing.

to deprive (a sound) of labial character, as in unrounding a vowel.

verb (used without object), de·la·bi·al·ized, de·la·bi·al·iz·ing.

(of a speech sound) to lose its labial character.

Nearby words

  1. del mar,
  2. del rio,
  3. del sarto,
  4. del.,
  5. delabialization,
  6. delacrimation,
  7. delacroix,
  8. delacroix, eugène,
  9. delagoa bay,
  10. delaine

Origin of delabialize

First recorded in 1870–75; de- + labialize

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