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palatal

[pal-uh-tl] /ˈpæl ə tl/
adjective
1.
Anatomy. of or pertaining to the palate.
2.
Phonetics. articulated with the blade of the tongue held close to or touching the hard palate.
noun
3.
Phonetics. a palatal consonant.
Origin
1820-1830
1820-30; < French; see palate, -al1
Related forms
palatalism, palatality, noun
palatally, adverb
nonpalatal, adjective, noun
prepalatal, adjective
unpalatal, adjective
unpalatally, adverb
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British Dictionary definitions for palatal

palatal

/ˈpælətəl/
adjective
1.
Also called palatine. of or relating to the palate
2.
(phonetics) of, relating to, or denoting a speech sound articulated with the blade of the tongue touching the hard palate
noun
3.
Also called palatine. the bony plate that forms the palate
4.
(phonetics) a palatal speech sound, such as the semivowel (j)
Derived Forms
palatally, adverb
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palatal in Medicine

palatal pal·a·tal (pāl'ə-təl)
adj.
Palatine.

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Encyclopedia Article for palatal

palatal consonant

in phonetics, a consonant sound produced by raising the blade, or front, of the tongue toward or against the hard palate just behind the alveolar ridge (the gums). The German ch sound in ich and the French gn (pronounced ny) in agneau are palatal consonants. English has no purely palatal consonants, except for the y sound (a semivowel) in "you." (The sh sound in "ship" and the zh sound represented as z in "azure" are usually classified as palato-alveolar sounds.

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