de- + labialize
delabialize (third-person singular simple present delabializes, present participle delabializing, simple past and past participle delabialized)
- (transitive, phonetics, phonology) To make into a non-labial sound.
1884, Henry Sweet, First Middle English Primer, page 5:
- the resulting labial vowels were soon delabialized into e and ē.
- (intransitive, phonetics, phonology) To become a non-labial sound.
1981, Charles Stephen Bird, The Dialects of Mandekan, page 170:
- /gw/ may delabialize to /g/.