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labial

[ ley-bee-uhl ]

adjective

  1. of, relating to, or resembling a labium.
  2. of or relating to the lips.
  3. Phonetics. involving lip articulation, as p, v, m, w, or a rounded vowel.
  4. Music. having the tones produced by the impact of a stream of air on a sharp liplike edge, as in a flute or the flue pipes of an organ.


noun

, Phonetics.
  1. any labial consonant, especially a bilabial.
  2. any labial sound.

labial

/ ˈleɪbɪəl /

adjective

  1. of, relating to, or near lips or labia
  2. music producing sounds by the action of an air stream over a narrow liplike fissure, as in a flue pipe of an organ
  3. phonetics relating to a speech sound whose articulation involves movement or use of the lips

    a labial click



noun

  1. Also calledlabial pipe music an organ pipe with a liplike fissure
  2. phonetics a speech sound such as English p or m, whose articulation involves movement or use of the lips
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Derived Forms

  • ˌlabiˈality, noun
  • ˈlabially, adverb
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Other Words From

  • labi·ali·ty noun
  • labi·al·ly adverb
  • inter·labi·al adjective
  • post·labi·al adjective
  • post·labi·al·ly adverb
  • pre·labi·al adjective
  • pseudo·labi·al adjective
  • sub·labi·al adjective
  • sub·labi·al·ly adverb
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Word History and Origins

Origin of labial1

From the Medieval Latin word labiālis, dating back to 1585–95. See labium, -al 1
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Word History and Origins

Origin of labial1

C16: from Medieval Latin labiālis, from Latin labium lip
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Example Sentences

In Adjectives beginning with a Labial or a Palatal, the aspirated form alone is used in the gen. and voc.

Final n is changed into m before a plain Labial; as, am baile the town, am fear the man.

Labial palpi four or five-segmented; asymmetrical (membranous behind), apex acute.

Labial tics of this nature may be styled tics of facial mimicry.

Labial lobes large, oval, contiguous with one another, at the tip of the labrum.

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