retroflex

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From Latin rētrōflexus, the perfect participle of rētrōflectō (bend, turn), from flectō (bend, turn).

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retroflex (comparative more retroflex, superlative most retroflex)

  1. Bent or curved backwards.
  2. (phonetics): Of pronunciation in which the tip of the tongue is raised and bent backwards, so that the underside of the tongue is behind the alveolar ridge or touches the palate.

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retroflex (plural retroflexes)

  1. (linguistics) a retroflex consonant

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