One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
1Anatomy and Zoology. Situated behind or posterior to the palate or the palatine bones. Formerly specifically: †designating a pterygoid bone in certain vertebrates (obsolete).
2Phonetics. Articulated with the tip or middle of the tongue against the hard palate.
Phonetics. Any of the sounds produced by contact between a part of the tongue and the hard palate.
Mid 19th century; earliest use found in Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society of London. From post- + palatal.
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