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Blendie is voice controlled and can be induced to spin by imitating the low guttural sounds of the motor.
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Though it is now used to describe many sounds or utterances which strike the listener as harsh or disagreeable, the adjective guttural was originally applied only to sounds and utterances produced in the throat. This is reflected in the word's Latin root—guttur, meaning "throat." Despite the similarity in sound, guttural is not related to the English word gutter, which comes (by way of Anglo-French) from Latin gutta, meaning "drop."
Origin and Etymology of guttural
Middle French, probably from Medieval Latin gutturalis, from Latin guttur throat
First Known Use: 1594See Words from the same year
GUTTURAL Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of guttural for English Language Learners
: formed or pronounced in the throat
Medical Definition of guttural
: of or relating to the throat
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