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Meaning of LABIAL

Pronunciation:  'leybeeul

WordNet Dictionary
  1. [n]  a consonant whose articulation involves movement of the lips
  2. [adj]  relating to or near the female labium
  3. [adj]  of or relating to the lips of the mouth; "labial stops"

LABIAL is a 6 letter word that starts with L.


 Synonyms: labial consonant
 See Also: bilabial, consonant, labial stop



Webster's 1913 Dictionary
  1. \La"bi*al\, a. [LL. labialis, fr. L. labium lip: cf. F.
    labial. See {Lip}.]
    1. Of or pertaining to the lips or labia; as, labial veins.
    2. (Mus.) Furnished with lips; as, a labial organ pipe.
    3. (Phonetics)
       (a) Articulated, as a consonant, mainly by the lips, as b,
           p, m, w.
       (b) Modified, as a vowel, by contraction of the lip
           opening, as [=oo] (f[=oo]d), [=o] ([=o]ld), etc., and
           as eu and u in French, and ["o], ["u] in German. See
           Guide to Pronunciation, [sect][sect] 11, 178.
    4. (Zo["o]l.) Of or pertaining to the labium; as, the labial
       palpi of insects. See {Labium}.
  2. \La"bi*al\, n.
    1. (Phonetics) A letter or character representing an
       articulation or sound formed or uttered chiefly with the
       lips, as {b}, {p}, {w}.
    2. (Mus.) An organ pipe that is furnished with lips; a flue
    3. (Zo["o]l.) One of the scales which border the mouth of a
       fish or reptile.
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