from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • adjective Pronounced or articulated with both lips, as the consonants b, p, m, and w.
  • adjective Relating to both lips.
  • noun A bilabial sound or consonant.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • Involving the two lips.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • adjective (Linguistics) produced using both lips; -- said of a consonant. .
  • noun (Linguistics) a consonant that is articulated using both lips, as p or b or w.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • adjective phonetics Articulated with both lips.
  • noun phonetics A speech sound articulated with both lips.

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

  • noun a consonant that is articulated using both lips; /p/ or /b/ or /w/
  • adjective of or relating to or being a speech sound that is articulated using both lips


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