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retroflex
adj. bent backwards

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Retroflex consonant
A retroflex consonant is a coronal consonant where the tongue has a flat, concave, or even curled shape, and is articulated between the alveolar ridge and the hard palate. They are sometimes referred to as cerebral consonants, especially in Indology. Other terms occasionally encountered are domal and cacuminal.

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retroflex

Verb
1. bend or turn backward
(synonym) replicate
(hypernym) bend, flex
(derivation) retroflection, retroflexion
2. articulate (a consonant) with the tongue curled back against the palate; "Indian accents can be characterized by the fact that speakers retroflex their consonants"
(hypernym) pronounce, articulate, enounce, sound out, enunciate, say
(derivation) retroflection, retroflexion

Adjective
1. bent or curved backward
(synonym) retroflexed
(similar) backward
2. pronounced with the tip of the tongue turned back toward the hard palate
(synonym) cacuminal
(similar) backward
(classification) linguistics


Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913)

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Retroflex
(a.)
Alt. of Retroflexed
  

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retroflex
Synonyms and related words:
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