- of, relating to, or resembling a labium.
- of or relating to the lips.
- Phonetics. involving lip articulation, as p, v, m, w, or a rounded vowel.
- 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.
- any labial consonant, especially a bilabial.
- any labial sound.
Origin of labial
Examples from the Web for labial
Historical Examples of labial
Labial tics of this nature may be styled tics of facial mimicry.Tics and Their Treatment
Labial lobes large, oval, contiguous with one another, at the tip of the labrum.Journal of Entomology and Zoology
Labial palpi rather bulky, short and with three joints, like the antenn.The Glow-Worm and Other Beetles
Jean Henri Fabre
In Adjectives beginning with a Labial or a Palatal, the aspirated form alone is used in the gen. and voc.Elements of Gaelic Grammar
Labial palpi four or five-segmented; asymmetrical (membranous behind), apex acute.Handbook of Medical Entomology
William Albert Riley
- of, relating to, or near lips or labia
- music producing sounds by the action of an air stream over a narrow liplike fissure, as in a flue pipe of an organ
- phonetics relating to a speech sound whose articulation involves movement or use of the lipsa labial click
- Also called: labial pipe music an organ pipe with a liplike fissure
- phonetics a speech sound such as English p or m, whose articulation involves movement or use of the lips
Word Origin for labial
"pertaining to the lips," 1590s, from Medieval Latin labialis "having to do with the lips," from Latin labium "lip" (see lip (n.)). The noun meaning "a labial sound" is from 1660s. Related: Labially.
- Relating to the lips or labia.