bilabial

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adjective

bi·​la·​bi·​al (ˌ)bī-ˈlā-bē-əl How to pronounce bilabial (audio)
of a consonant
: produced with both lips

bilabial

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noun

: a bilabial consonant

Examples of bilabial in a Sentence

Noun English bilabials such as and .
Recent Examples on the Web
Noun
Sounds made more difficult by an overbite, such as bilabials, might be expected to decline—but many languages clearly keep them around. Michael Greshko, National Geographic, 14 Mar. 2019

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Word History

Etymology

Adjective

International Scientific Vocabulary

First Known Use

Adjective

1878, in the meaning defined above

Noun

1829, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of bilabial was in 1829

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“Bilabial.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/bilabial. Accessed 24 Jun. 2024.

Medical Definition

bilabial

adjective
bi·​la·​bi·​al (ˈ)bī-ˈlā-bē-əl How to pronounce bilabial (audio)
: of or relating to both lips
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