retroflex

Primary Meanings of retroflex

1.
adjv
bent or curved backward
bend or turn backward
2.
vadj
articulate (a consonant) with the tongue curled back against the palate
pronounced with the tip of the tongue turned back toward the hard palate
Full Definitions of retroflex
1

adj bent or curved backward

Synonyms:
retroflexed
backward
directed or facing toward the back or rear

v bend or turn backward

Synonyms:
replicate
Type of:
bend, flex
form a curve
2

v articulate (a consonant) with the tongue curled back against the palate

“Indian accents can be characterized by the fact that speakers retroflex their consonants”
Type of:
articulate, enounce, enunciate, pronounce, say, sound out
speak, pronounce, or utter in a certain way

adj pronounced with the tip of the tongue turned back toward the hard palate

Synonyms:
cacuminal
backward
directed or facing toward the back or rear

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