AskDefine | Define consonantal

Dictionary Definition

consonantal adj
1 being or marked by or containing or functioning as a consonant; "consonantal sounds"; "a consonantal Hebrew text"; "consonantal alliteration"; "a consonantal cluster" [ant: vocalic]
2 relating to or having the nature of a consonant
3 of liquids and nasals [syn: nonsyllabic, nonvocalic] [ant: vocalic]

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English

Etymology

From consonant + -al

Pronunciation

  • a UK /ˈkɒn.sə.nʌnt.əl/ /"kQn.s@.nVnt.@l/

Adjective

  1. of, relating to, or functioning as a consonant
  2. containing one or more consonants
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