retroflex

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adjective ret·ro·flex \ˈre-trə-ˌfleks\

Definition of retroflex

  1. 1 :  turned or bent abruptly backward

  2. 2 :  articulated with the tongue tip turned up or curled back just under the hard palate retroflex vowel

Origin and Etymology of retroflex

New Latin retroflexus, from Latin retro- + flexus, past participle of flectere to bend


First Known Use: 1776


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