La"bi*al (?), a. [LL. labialis, fr. L. labium lip: cf. F. labial. See Lip.]


Of or pertaining to the lips or labia; as, labial veins.

2. Mus.

Furnished with lips; as, a labial organ pipe.

3. Phonetics (a)

Articulated, as a consonant, mainly by the lips, as b, p, m, w

. (b)

Modified, as a vowel, by contraction of the lip opening, as &oomac; (f&oomac;d), &omac; (&omac;ld), etc., and as eu and u in French, and o, u in German. See Guide to Pronunciation,

4. Zool.

Of or pertaining to the labium; as, the labial palpi of insects. See Labium.


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La"bi*al, n.

1. Phonetics

A letter or character representing an articulation or sound formed or uttered chiefly with the lips, as b, p, w.

2. Mus.

An organ pipe that is furnished with lips; a flue pipe.

3. Zool.

One of the scales which border the mouth of a fish or reptile.


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