Anatomy. of or relating to the palate. Phonetics. articulated with the blade of the tongue held close to or touching the hard palate.
Phonetics. a palatal consonant.
Origin of palatal
Related formspal·a·tal·ism, pal·a·tal·i·ty, nounpal·a·tal·ly, adverbnon·pal·a·tal, adjective, nounpre·pal·a·tal, adjectiveun·pal·a·tal, adjectiveun·pal·a·tal·ly, adverb
dating back to 1820–30;
see origin at palate
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Examples from the Web for palatal
Historical Examples of palatal
Here the palatal takes the place of the dental, as in Brangwin for Anglo-Sax.
Palatal aspect of the cranium and mandible of a Donkey (Equus asinus) 1/5.
The parasphenoid is the first of the palatal bones to appear.
This is the palatal resonance, in which there is the most power (Plate A).
Yet the head tone must not be entirely free from palatal resonance.
British Dictionary definitions for palatal
Also called: palatine of or relating to the palate
phonetics of, relating to, or denoting a speech sound articulated with the blade of the tongue touching the hard palate
Derived Formspalatally, adverb
Also called: palatine the bony plate that forms the palate
phonetics a palatal speech sound, such as the semivowel (j)
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