Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • adj. Pronounced with both nasal and oral passages open.
  • n. An orinasal speech sound, such as a French nasal vowel.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Pertaining to both the nose and the mouth.
  • n. See the quotation.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. a speech sound produced with both the oral and nasal passages open (as French nasal vowels)

Etymologies

Latin ōs, ōr-, mouth; + nasal.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)

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