cacuminal

cacuminal

[kuh-kyoo-muh-nl] Phonetics.
adjective
1.
pronounced with the tip of the tongue curled back toward or against the hard palate; retroflex; cerebral.
noun
2.
a cacuminal sound.

Origin:
1860–65; < Latin cacūmin- (stem of cacūmen) top, tip + -al1

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cacuminal (kæˈkjuːmɪnəl)
 
adj
1.  Also called: cerebral relating to or denoting a consonant articulated with the tip of the tongue turned back towards the hard palate
 
n
2.  a consonant articulated in this manner
 
[C19: from Latin cacūmen point, top]

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