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adjective pal·a·tal \ˈpa-lə-təl\

linguistics of a speech sound : made by placing the tongue so that it is near or touching the top surface (called the palate) of your mouth

Full Definition of PALATAL

a :  formed with some part of the tongue near or touching the hard palate posterior to the teethridge <the \sh\ and \y\ in English and the \ḵ\ of ich \iḵ\ in German are examples of palatal consonants>
b of a vowel :  front 2
:  of, relating to, forming, or affecting the palate
palatal noun
pal·a·tal·ly \-təl-ē\ adverb

Examples of PALATAL

  1. The first sound in the English word jar is a palatal sound.

First Known Use of PALATAL

Medical Dictionary


adjective pal·a·tal \ˈpal-ət-əl\

Medical Definition of PALATAL

:  of, relating to, forming, or affecting the palate <palatal itching>
pal·a·tal·ly \-əl-ē\ adverb


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