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

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

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • adj. articulated with the lower lip and upper teeth

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. Formed or pronounced by the cooperation of the lips and teeth, as f and v.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Formed or pronounced by the coöperation of the lips and the teeth.
  • n. 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 WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. a consonant whose articulation involves the lips and teeth


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  • 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. NEW PHONETIC SYMBOL!

  • 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.

    Concern trolls and the Etruscan bilabial 'f'

  • 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'

  • 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

  • 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"

  • I know you'll all be as excited as I am to learn that the International Phonetic Association has approved the adoption of the first new symbol in twelve years into the International Phonetic Alphabet:The symbol proposed by SIL represents the labiodental flap, a speech sound found in central and southeastern Africa. NEW PHONETIC SYMBOL!

  • The labiodental flap sound is produced by drawing the lower lip back into the mouth well behind the upper teeth and then bringing it forward rapidly, striking the upper teeth briefly in passing. NEW PHONETIC SYMBOL!

  • We're probably looking here at the beginning of Olson's preoccupation with the labiodental flap. NEW PHONETIC SYMBOL!


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