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Adjective: palatal  pa-lu-t(u)l
  1. Relating to or lying near the palate
    "palatal index";
    - palatine
     
  2. 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')
    - palatalized, palatalised [Brit]
Noun: palatal  pa-lu-t(u)l
  1. A semivowel produced with the tongue near the palate (like the initial sound in the English word 'yeast')

Derived forms: palatals

See also: soft

Type of: glide, semivowel

Encyclopedia: Palatal