Definitions

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

  • adjective Articulated with the lower lip and upper teeth, as the sounds (f) and (v).
  • noun A labiodental sound.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • Formed or pronounced by the coöperation of the lips and the teeth.
  • noun An articulate sound produced by the coöperation of the lips and the teeth, or the letter or character representing such sound. The labiodentals are f and verb

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

  • adjective (Phonetics) Formed or pronounced by the cooperation of the lips and teeth, as f and v.

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

  • adjective phonetics articulated with the lower lip and upper teeth

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

  • noun a consonant whose articulation involves the lips and teeth

Etymologies

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Examples

  • By that time, Olson apparently was still convinced that this phoneme wasn't a labio-dental flap: The bilabial flap is a sound very similar to what is elsewhere called the labiodental flap, but the articulation is slightly different.

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  • Now, this is a matter of detail perhaps but worth noting since p has occasionally eroded to f in Etruscan, particularly next to tautosyllabic u, and this sort of lenition can only rationally happen with a bilabial phoneme, not a labiodental one.

    Some observations concerning Woodard's The Ancient Languages of Europe

  • An alternation between a bilabial and labiodental sound is comparatively less economic.

    Archive 2009-12-01

  • He begins by explaining the typical communis opinio, making a minor faux-pas by misrepresenting Etruscan f as a labiodental rather than a bilabial fricative.

    Some observations concerning Woodard's The Ancient Languages of Europe

  • Frisian has an almost complete set of guttural/velar, dental/alveolar, labial/labiodental consonants voiced and unvoiced plosives, voiced and unvoiced fricatives, nasals and half-vocals, an s, sh, r and l.

    The etymology of Latin tofus 'tufa' isn't written in stone

  • In eastern Bantu languages, it is commonplace for proto-Bantu bilabial stops voiced and voiceless to change into labiodental fricatives before close high u and/or i, and I do believe – though this needs to be checked – that in some of these languages, these fricatives are in fact bilabials themselves.

    Concern trolls and the Etruscan bilabial 'f'

  • Now, this is a matter of detail perhaps but worth noting since p has occasionally eroded to f in Etruscan, particularly next to tautosyllabic u, and this sort of lenition can only rationally happen with a bilabial phoneme, not a labiodental one.

    Archive 2009-05-01

  • An alternation between a bilabial and labiodental sound is comparatively less economic.

    Concern trolls and the Etruscan bilabial 'f'

  • He begins by explaining the typical communis opinio, making a minor faux-pas by misrepresenting Etruscan f as a labiodental rather than a bilabial fricative.

    Archive 2009-05-01

  • Por supuesto que lo más correcto es diferenciar las pronunciaciones: de hecho, por eso a la b se le llama b labial, y a la v, v labiodental, para indicar de alguna manera esta distinción.

    La "v" y la "b"

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