• Retroflex

    Pronunciation

    • RP IPA: /ˈɹɛt.ɹəʊ.flɛks/, /ˈɹɛt.ɹə.flɛks/
    • US IPA: /ˈɹɛt.ɹoʊ.flɛks/, /ˈɹɛt.ɹə.flɛks/

    Origin

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

    Full definition of retroflex

    Adjective

    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.

    Synonyms

    Noun

    retroflex

    (plural retroflexes)
    1. (linguistics) a retroflex consonant
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