cacuminal


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ca·cu·mi·nal

 (kə-kyo͞o′mə-nəl)
adj.
Articulated with the tip of the tongue turned back and up toward the roof of the mouth; retroflex.

[From Latin cacūmen, cacūmin-, summit, point.]

cacuminal

(kæˈkjuːmɪnəl) phonetics
adj
(Phonetics & Phonology) Also called: cerebral relating to or denoting a consonant articulated with the tip of the tongue turned back towards the hard palate
n
(Phonetics & Phonology) a consonant articulated in this manner
[C19: from Latin cacūmen point, top]

ca•cu•mi•nal

(kəˈkyu mə nl)
adj .
1. (of a speech sound) produced with the tip of the tongue curled back toward or against the hard palate; retroflex.
n.
2. a cacuminal speech sound.
[1860–65; < Latin cacūmin-, s. of cacūmen top, tip + -al1]
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Adj.1.cacuminal - pronounced with the tip of the tongue turned back toward the hard palate
linguistics - the scientific study of language
backward - directed or facing toward the back or rear; "a backward view"