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adj. also ret·ro·flexed (-flĕkst′)
1. Bent, curved, or turned backward.
2. Pronounced with the tip of the tongue turned back against the roof of the mouth.
A sound pronounced with the tongue in retroflex position, as the sound (r) in some varieties of English.

[Latin *retrōflexus, past participle of retrōflectere, to bend back : retrō, retro- + flectere, to bend.]

ret′ro·flex′ion, ret′ro·flec′tion n.


(ˈrɛtrəʊˌflɛks) or


1. bent or curved backwards
2. (Phonetics & Phonology) phonetics of, relating to, or involving retroflexion
[C18: from Latin retrōflexus, from retrōflectere, from retro- + flectere to bend]


(ˈrɛ trəˌflɛks)

1. bent backward; exhibiting retroflexion.
2. (of a speech sound) articulated with the tip of the tongue curled upward and back toward or against the hard palate.
[1910–15; < Latin retrōflexus, past participle of retrōflectere to bend back]
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Verb1.retroflex - bend or turn backward
bend, flex - form a curve; "The stick does not bend"
2.retroflex - articulate (a consonant) with the tongue curled back against the palate; "Indian accents can be characterized by the fact that speakers retroflex their consonants"
enounce, enunciate, pronounce, sound out, articulate, say - speak, pronounce, or utter in a certain way; "She pronounces French words in a funny way"; "I cannot say `zip wire'"; "Can the child sound out this complicated word?"
Adj.1.retroflex - bent or curved backward
backward - directed or facing toward the back or rear; "a backward view"
2.retroflex - 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"


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