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oral US English

By word of mouth; spoken rather than written

oral US Thesaurus

an oral agreement

oral New Oxford Dictionary for Writers & Editors

relating to the mouth or to speech;

Oral Law US English

The part of Jewish religious law believed to have been passed down by oral tradition before being collected in the Mishnah

oral sex US English

Sexual activity in which the genitals of one partner are stimulated by the mouth of the other; fellatio or cunnilingus

oral history US English

The collection and study of historical information using sound recordings of interviews with people having personal knowledge of past events

oral-formulaic US English

Relating to or denoting poetry belonging to an early spoken tradition characterized by the use of poetic formulas, e.g., the Homeric poems


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