retroflex


retroflex

adjective

  1. bent backward; exhibiting retroflexion.
  2. Phonetics. articulated with the tip of the tongue curled upward and back against or near the juncture of the hard and soft palates; cacuminal; cerebral; coronal.

adjective

  1. bent or curved backwards
  2. phonetics of, relating to, or involving retroflexion
adj.

1776, from Modern Latin retroflexus, past participle of retroflectere “to bend back,” from retro (see retro-) + flectere “to bend” (see flexible). The verb (1898) is a back-formation from retroflexed (1806), from the adjective.

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