- of or relating to a velum, especially the soft palate.
- Phonetics. articulated with the back of the tongue held close to or touching the soft palate.
- Phonetics. a velar sound.
Origin of velar
Examples from the Web for velar
The velar area is in any case the only representative of the head.The Works of Francis Maitland Balfour, Volume II (of 4)
Francis Maitland Balfour
The palps are really derived from part of the velar area of the larva.
Velar: x (a deeply guttural χ, heard now in Swiss dialects), ℨ.
The metastoma, which has become in Ammocœtes the lower lip supplied by the velar or mandibular branch of the trigeminal nerve ; 2.
What, then, are these velar folds, and how is it that the tubular muscles of these two segments become the velar muscles?
- of, relating to, or attached to a velumvelar tentacles
- phonetics articulated with the soft palate and the back of the tongue, as in the sounds (k), (ɡ), or (ŋ)
Word Origin and History for velar
1726, from Latin velaris, from velum "sail, curtain" (see veil (n.)). Originally an architect's term for a type of cupola; phonetics sense is from 1876, on notion of "pertaining to the velum," the anatomist's name for the soft palate (velum in this sense is attested from 1771, in full velum palati). The noun meaning "a velar guttural" is recorded from 1886.
- Of or relating to a velum.
- Concerning or using the soft palate.