EXAMPLES | WORD ORIGIN adjective 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. noun . Phonetics a velar sound. Origin of velar
dating back to
-ar 1 Related forms post·ve·lar, adjective pseu·do·ve·lar, adjective
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Examples from the Web for velar Historical Examples of velar
velar area is in any case the only representative of the head.
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? British Dictionary definitions for velar adjective of, relating to, or attached to a velum velar tentacles phonetics articulated with the soft palate and the back of the tongue, as in the sounds ( k), ( ɡ), or ( ŋ) Word Origin for velar
C18: from Latin
vēlāris, from vēlum veil
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Word Origin and History for velar adj.
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.
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adj. Of or relating to a velum. Concerning or using the soft palate.
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