bilabial

adjective
bi·​la·​bi·​al | \ (ˌ)bī-ˈlā-bē-əl How to pronounce bilabial (audio) \

Definition of bilabial

 (Entry 1 of 2)

of a consonant
: produced with both lips

bilabial

noun

Definition of bilabial (Entry 2 of 2)

: a bilabial consonant

Examples of bilabial in a Sentence

Noun English bilabials such as and .
Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Sounds made more difficult by an overbite, such as bilabials, might be expected to decline—but many languages clearly keep them around. Michael Greshko, National Geographic, "A change in our diets may have changed the way we speak," 14 Mar. 2019

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First Known Use of bilabial

Adjective

1878, in the meaning defined above

Noun

1829, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for bilabial

Adjective

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“Bilabial.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/bilabial. Accessed 22 Feb. 2020.

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bilabial

noun

English Language Learners Definition of bilabial

linguistics : a sound made by using both lips

bilabial

adjective
bi·​la·​bi·​al | \ (ˈ)bī-ˈlā-bē-əl How to pronounce bilabial (audio) \

Medical Definition of bilabial

: of or relating to both lips

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