cacuminal(redirected from cacuminally)
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Articulated with the tip of the tongue turned back and up toward the roof of the mouth; retroflex.
[From Latin cacūmen, cacūmin-, summit, point.]
(Phonetics & Phonology) Also called: cerebral relating to or denoting a consonant articulated with the tip of the tongue turned back towards the hard palate
(Phonetics & Phonology) a consonant articulated in this manner
[C19: from Latin cacūmen point, top]
ca•cu•mi•nal(kəˈkyu mə nl)
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]