Historical Linguistics. one of several hypothetical phonemes assumed to have existed in Proto-Indo-European and to have been lost in most later Indo-European languages after having modified some contiguous consonants and vowels.
[luh-ring-guh l] /ləˈrɪŋ gəl/ (Show IPA).
Origin of laryngeal
1785-95; < New Latinlarynge(us) of, pertaining to the larynx (see laryng-, -eous) + -al1