Definition of bilabial in English:

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Pronunciation: /bʌɪˈleɪbɪəl/


(Of a speech sound) formed by closure or near closure of the lips, e.g. p, b, m, w.
Example sentences
  • I am now moving my lips, which contains four bilabial consonants, is another example: the moment you say it, it becomes true.
  • In English, w normally represents a voiced bilabial semi-vowel, produced by rounding and then opening the lips before a full vowel, whose value may be affected.
  • Use of this bilabial plosive, as the abrupt Boo!


A bilabial consonant sound.
Example sentences
  • For alveolar affricates it is 0 when is, 10 when is. is 250 for velars, 100 for bilabials and dentalveolars.
  • Proto Iroquoian, and most of the Iroquois daughters prior to European contact, had no bilabials whatsoever.
  • Thai speakers make a three way distinction for bilabials and alveolars.

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