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palatal

[ pal-uh-tl ]

adjective

  1. Anatomy. of or relating to the palate.
  2. Phonetics. articulated with the blade of the tongue held close to or touching the hard palate.


noun

  1. Phonetics. a palatal consonant.

palatal

/ ˈpælətəl /

adjective

  1. Also calledpalatine of or relating to the palate
  2. phonetics of, relating to, or denoting a speech sound articulated with the blade of the tongue touching the hard palate


noun

  1. Also calledpalatine the bony plate that forms the palate
  2. phonetics a palatal speech sound, such as the semivowel (j)

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Derived Forms

  • ˈpalatally, adverb

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Other Words From

  • pala·tal·ism pala·tali·ty noun
  • pala·tal·ly adverb
  • non·pala·tal adjective noun
  • pre·pala·tal adjective
  • un·pala·tal adjective
  • un·pala·tal·ly adverb

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Word History and Origins

Origin of palatal1

From French, dating back to 1820–30; palate, -al 1

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Example Sentences

This r is a kind of palatal blade continuant, and its use should be avoided, as it is generally held to be affected.

The parasphenoid is the first of the palatal bones to appear.

Exquisite palatal pleasures, then, are not a sine qua non in the enjoyment of table comforts.

This does not preclude the aspiration of consonants, or the occasional local change of a palatal into a guttural.

This refers to a twofold mode of pronouncing the Palatal and Lingual consonants, whether plain or aspirated.

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