Definition of dentilingual in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˌdɛntɪˈlɪŋɡw(ə)l/


(Of a consonant) pronounced with the teeth and the tongue; dental.
Example sentences
  • Callum spoke posh English, his accent all mellifluous vowels and dentilingual consonants.
  • I had left the guttural Hindi sounds of Asia at home and was now luxuriating in the labial and dentilingual areas of Oceanian languages.


Late 19th century: from Latin dens, dent- 'tooth' + lingual.

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