Definitions for labialˈleɪ bi əl

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Random House Webster's College Dictionary

la•bi•alˈleɪ bi əl(adj.)

  1. of, pertaining to, or resembling a labium.

  2. of or pertaining to the lips.

  3. (of a speech sound) articulated using one or both lips, as the sounds (p), (v), (m), (w), or (oo).

    Category: Phonetics

  4. (n.)a labial speech sound, esp. a consonant.

    Category: Phonetics

Origin of labial:

1585–95; < ML

la′bi•al•ly(adv.)

Princeton's WordNet

  1. labial consonant, labial(adj)

    a consonant whose articulation involves movement of the lips

  2. labial(adj)

    of or relating to the lips of the mouth

    "labial stops"

  3. labial(adj)

    relating to or near the female labium

Wiktionary

  1. labial(Noun)

    a labial consonant

  2. labial(Noun)

    an organ pipe having a lip that influences its sound

  3. labial(Adjective)

    Of or pertaining to the lips or labia

  4. labial(Adjective)

    articulated by the lips, as the consonants b, m and w

  5. labial(Adjective)

    Of an incisor or canine, on the side facing the lips. See mesial.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Labial(adj)

    of or pertaining to the lips or labia; as, labial veins

  2. Labial(adj)

    furnished with lips; as, a labial organ pipe

  3. Labial(adj)

    articulated, as a consonant, mainly by the lips, as b, p, m, w

  4. Labial(adj)

    modified, as a vowel, by contraction of the lip opening, as / (f/d), / (/ld), etc., and as eu and u in French, and o, u in German. See Guide to Pronunciation, // 11, 178

  5. Labial(adj)

    of or pertaining to the labium; as, the labial palpi of insects. See Labium

  6. Labial(noun)

    a letter or character representing an articulation or sound formed or uttered chiefly with the lips, as b, p, w

  7. Labial(noun)

    an organ pipe that is furnished with lips; a flue pipe

  8. Labial(noun)

    one of the scales which border the mouth of a fish or reptile

Freebase

  1. Labial scale

    The labial scales are the scales of snakes and other scaled reptiles that border the mouth opening. These do not include the median scales on the upper and lower jaws. The term labial originates from Labium, which refers to any lip-like structure. In snakes, there are two different types of labial scales: supralabials and sublabials. The numbers of these scales present, and sometimes the shapes and sizes, are some of many characteristics used to differentiate species from one another. There are two different types of labial scales: Supralabials are the scales that form part of the upper lip. Also called upper labials. Sublabials are the scales that form part of the lower lip. Also called infralabials or lower labials.

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