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bilabial

[bahy-ley-bee-uh l] /baɪˈleɪ bi əl/
adjective
1.
produced with the lips close together or touching: the lips touch at one phase of the production of the bilabial consonants p, b, and m; they do not for the bilabial w.
noun
2.
a bilabial speech sound.
Origin
1860-1865
1860-65; bi-1 + labial
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Examples from the web for bilabial
  • The consonant p is a bilabial consonant, because it uses both of your lips.
  • The targeted productions consisted of bilabial, velar, and lingual alveolar sounds.
British Dictionary definitions for bilabial

bilabial

/baɪˈleɪbɪəl/
adjective
1.
of, relating to, or denoting a speech sound articulated using both lips: (p) is a bilabial stop, (w) a bilabial semivowel
noun
2.
a bilabial speech sound
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Word Origin and History for bilabial
adj.

1857, from bi- + labial. Alternative bilabiate is attested from 1794.

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