palinal

adjective
pal·​i·​nal | \ ˈpalənᵊl \

Definition of palinal

of mastication
: effected by backward motion — compare orthal, proal, propalinal

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History and Etymology for palinal

Greek palin back + English -al

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“Palinal.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/palinal. Accessed 20 May. 2022.

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