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velar

[vee-ler] /ˈvi lər/
adjective
1.
of or pertaining to a velum, especially the soft palate.
2.
Phonetics. articulated with the back of the tongue held close to or touching the soft palate.
noun
3.
Phonetics. a velar sound.
Origin
1720-1730
1720-30; < Latin vēlāris. See velum, -ar1
Related forms
postvelar, adjective
pseudovelar, adjective
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Examples for velar
  • The targeted productions consisted of bilabial, velar, and lingual alveolar sounds.
British Dictionary definitions for velar

velar

/ˈviːlə/
adjective
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 (k), (ɡ), or (ŋ)
Word Origin
C18: from Latin vēlāris, from vēlumveil
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Word Origin and History for velar
velar
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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velar in Medicine

velar ve·lar (vē'lər)
adj.

  1. Of or relating to a velum.

  2. Concerning or using the soft palate.

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