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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 palatalism

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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palatalism in Medicine

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

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