of or pertaining to a velum, especially the soft palate.
Phonetics. articulated with the back of the tongue held close to or touching the soft palate.
Phonetics. a velar sound.

1720–30; < Latin vēlāris. See velum, -ar1

postvelar, adjective
pseudovelar, adjective Unabridged
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velar (ˈviːlə)
1.  of, relating to, or attached to a velum: velar tentacles
2.  phonetics articulated with the soft palate and the back of the tongue, as in the sounds (), (), or ()
[C18: from Latin vēlāris, from vēlumveil]

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Word Origin & History

1726, from L. velaris, from velum "sail, curtain" (see veil). Originally an architect's term for a type of cupola; phonetics sense is from 1876, on notion of "pertaining to the velum," the anatomist's name for the soft palate (velum in this sense is attested from 1771, in full
velum palati). The noun meaning "a velar guttural" is recorded from 1886.
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Medical Dictionary

velar ve·lar (vē'lər)

  1. Of or relating to a velum.

  2. Concerning or using the soft palate.

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Example sentences
The targeted productions consisted of bilabial, velar, and lingual alveolar sounds.
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