- bent backward; exhibiting retroflexion.
- Phonetics. articulated with the tip of the tongue curled upward and back against or near the juncture of the hard and soft palates; cacuminal; cerebral; coronal.
Also ret·ro·flexed [re-truh-flekst] /ˈrɛ trəˌflɛkst/.
Origin of retroflex
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The retroflex sibilant is transliterated sh; this was unchanged.
This curve shows a point of maximum temperature at F1, and a retroflex portion F1G1.
This curve also shows a point of maximum temperature (F) and a retroflex portion.
- bent or curved backwards
- phonetics of, relating to, or involving retroflexion
Word Origin for retroflex
C18: from Latin retrōflexus, from retrōflectere, from retro- + flectere to bend
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Word Origin and History for retroflex
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