vocal folds

plural noun

Definition of vocal folds

: the lower pair of vocal cords each of which when drawn taut, approximated to the contralateral member of the pair, and subjected to a flow of breath produces the voice

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Unlike most species that have triangular vocal folds, lions and tigers were found to have flat, square folds that are around one inch thick. Emily Toomey, Smithsonian, "Ten Things We’ve Learned About Lions Since Disney’s Original ‘The Lion King’," 19 July 2019 The length of your vocal tract depends mostly on physiology: Women’s vocal folds tend to be higher up, so their tracts are shorter. Rachel Gutman, The Atlantic, "A Linguist Explains Why 'Laurel' Sounds Like 'Yanny'," 15 May 2018 When it’s not being shifted around via computer program, the pitch of your voice depends on how thick and how tense your vocal folds are. Rachel Gutman, The Atlantic, "A Linguist Explains Why 'Laurel' Sounds Like 'Yanny'," 15 May 2018 Researchers now think a pad of elastic tissue on the vocal folds, present only in roarers, explains the different vocalizations. Elisa Neckar, Discover Magazine, "20 Things You Didn't Know About ... Big Cats," 8 May 2018

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1866, in the meaning defined above

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vocal folds

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