retroflex


ret·ro·flex

adjective \ˈre-trə-ˌfleks\

Definition of RETROFLEX

1
:  turned or bent abruptly backward
2
:  articulated with the tongue tip turned up or curled back just under the hard palate <retroflex vowel>

Origin of RETROFLEX

New Latin retroflexus, from Latin retro- + flexus, past participle of flectere to bend
First Known Use: 1776

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