"palatal" in the noun sense
a semivowel produced with the tongue near the palate (like the initial sound in the English word `yeast')
"palatal" in the adjective sense
1. palatal, palatine
relating to or lying near the palate
"the palatine tonsils"
2. palatal, palatalized, palatalised
produced with the front of the tongue near or touching the hard palate (as `y') or with the blade of the tongue near the hard palate (as `ch' in `chin' or `j' in `gin')
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