Labial sounds
The lips are not only anatomic features of note, they are organs of speech essential to certain articulations. A sound requiring the participation of one or both lips is a labial (labium in Latin means lip) sound or, simply, a labial. All labials are consonants. There are bilabial sounds such as "p" which involve both lips and labiodental sounds such as "v" which involve the upper teeth and lower lip.

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  • Labial — Pertaining to the lip, one of the fleshy folds which surround the opening of the mouth or the vagina. Oral Labia: The upper lip is separated from the nose by the philtrum, the area that lies between the base of the nose and the pigmented edge… …   Medical dictionary

  • labial — I UK [ˈleɪbɪəl] / US adjective 1) linguistics labial sounds are ones that you pronounce with your lips closed or close together or with your top teeth touching your bottom lip. p , b , f , v , and m are labial sounds 2) medical relating to your… …   English dictionary

  • labial — I. adjective Etymology: Medieval Latin labialis, from Latin labium lip Date: 1594 1. uttered with the participation of one or both lips < the labial sounds f, p, and ü > 2. of, relating to, or situated near the lips or labia • labially adverb II …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • labial — la|bi|al1 [ leıbiəl ] adjective 1. ) LINGUISTICS labial sounds are pronounced using one or both lips 2. ) MEDICAL relating to the lips labial la|bi|al 2 [ leıbiəl ] noun count LINGUISTICS a sound pronounced using one or both lips, such as p, b, f …   Usage of the words and phrases in modern English

  • Labial-velar consonant — Labial velar consonants are doubly articulated at the velum and the lips. They are sometimes called labiovelar consonants , a term which can also refer to labialized velars, such as the approximant IPA| [w] . Truly doubly articulated labial… …   Wikipedia

  • Labial consonant — Labials are consonants articulated either with both lips (bilabial articulation) or with the lower lip and the upper teeth (labiodental articulation). English IPA| [m] is a bilabial nasal sonorant, IPA| [b] and IPA| [p] are bilabial stops… …   Wikipedia

  • labial — la•bi•al [[t]ˈleɪ bi əl[/t]] adj. 1) of, pertaining to, or resembling a labium 2) of or pertaining to the lips 3) phn (of a speech sound) articulated using one or both lips, as the sounds (p), (v), (m), (w), or (oo) 4) phn a labial speech sound,… …   From formal English to slang

  • labial — /ˈleɪbiəl/ (say laybeeuhl) adjective 1. relating to or of the nature of a labium. 2. Music giving forth sounds produced by the impact of a stream of air upon the sharp edge of a lip, as a flute or pipe organ. 3. of or relating to lips. 4.… …   Australian English dictionary

  • Romance languages — romance1 (def. 8). [1770 80] * * * Group of related languages derived from Latin, with nearly 920 million native speakers. The major Romance languages French, Spanish, Portuguese, Italian, and Romanian are national languages. French is probably… …   Universalium

  • Labialisation — Lip rounding redirects here. See Roundedness for the lip rounding of vowels.Labialisation is a secondary articulatory feature of sounds in some languages. Labialized sounds involve the lips while the remainder of the oral cavity produces another… …   Wikipedia

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