labial

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

Definition of labial

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1 : uttered with the participation of one or both lips the labial sounds \f\, \p\, and \ü\
2 : of, relating to, or situated near the lips or labia

labial

noun

Definition of labial (Entry 2 of 2)

: a labial consonant

Other Words from labial

Adjective

labially \ ˈlā-​bē-​ə-​lē How to pronounce labial (audio) \ adverb

Examples of labial in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective Notably, female bonobos have massive, cantaloupe-sized labial swellings and prominent clitorises that can reach two and a half inches when erect. Rachel E. Gross, Smithsonian Magazine, 31 Mar. 2022 Some are revealed to have long, squiggly tails — spermatozoa, perhaps, which resonate against the labial form that Rist designed for the lights. Los Angeles Times, 20 Sep. 2021 The gallery puts Hesse’s and Wilke’s work in separate rooms—and in Wilke’s, the labial folds abound. Sophie Madeline Dess, The New Republic, 18 May 2021 Honold had sustained extensive injuries—one of which Linda Walther, the nurse who examined her at the hospital, had never seen before: a torn labial frenulum, which connects the inside of the upper lip to the gums. Barbara Bradley Hagerty, The Atlantic, 15 July 2019

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First Known Use of labial

Adjective

1590, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Noun

1650, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for labial

Adjective

Medieval Latin labialis, from Latin labium lip

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“Labial.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/labial. Accessed 10 Aug. 2022.

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labial

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

Medical Definition of labial

1 : of, relating to, or situated near the lips or labia
2 : uttered with the participation of one or both lips the labial sounds \f\, \p\, and \ü\

Other Words from labial

labially \ -​ē How to pronounce labial (audio) \ adverb

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