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    palatal - Dictionary definition and meaning for word palatal

    (noun) a semivowel produced with the tongue near the palate (like the initial sound in the English word `yeast') Definition
    (adj) relating to or lying near the palate
    Synonyms : palatine
    Example Sentence
    • palatal index
    • the palatine tonsils
    (adj) produced with the front of the tongue near or touching the hard palate (as `y') or with the blade of the tongue near the hard palate (as `ch' in `chin' or `j' in `gin')
    Synonyms : palatalised , palatalized
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