|articulated with the back of the tongue held close to or touching the soft palate|
|pronounced with rounded lips; labialized|
|oral (ˈɔːrəl, ˈɒrəl)|
|1.||spoken or verbal: an oral agreement|
|2.||relating to, affecting, or for use in the mouth: an oral thermometer|
|3.||of or relating to the surface of an animal, such as a jellyfish, on which the mouth is situated|
|4.||Compare parenteral denoting a drug to be taken by mouth: an oral contraceptive|
|5.||of, relating to, or using spoken words|
|6.||phonetics pronounced with the soft palate in a raised position completely closing the nasal cavity and allowing air to pass out only through the mouth|
|a. relating to a stage of psychosexual development during which the child's interest is concentrated on the mouth|
|b. anal genital Compare phallic denoting personality traits, such as dependence, selfishness, and aggression, resulting from fixation at the oral stage|
|8.||an examination in which the questions and answers are spoken rather than written|
|[C17: from Late Latin orālis, from Latin ōs face]|
oral o·ral (ôr'əl)
Of or relating to the mouth.
Used in or taken through the mouth.
Of or relating to the first stage of psychosexual development in psychoanalytic theory, in which the mouth is the focus of exploration and pleasure.
|oral (ôr'əl) Pronunciation Key
Relating to or involving the mouth.
city, western Kazakhstan, along the Ural (Zhayyq) River. Founded in 1613 or 1622 by Cossacks fleeing a tsarist punitive campaign, it was known as Yaitsky Gorodok until 1775, when its name was changed following the Pugachov Rebellion. The town was a centre of both the Stenka Razin (1667) and Yemelyan Pugachov (1773) uprisings and was the headquarters of the Ural Cossacks. It had a lively trade with European Russia in fish from the Ural River and livestock products from the Kazakh steppes. Its commercial importance began to decline in the early 20th century when the new railway to Turkistan bypassed it. Oral's industries today include leather and footwear, meatpacking, flour milling, some engineering, and a licorice works. The city has teacher-training and agricultural institutes, the oldest theatre in Kazakhstan, and a museum with historic Cossack mementos
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