Definition of palato-alveolar in US English:

palato-alveolar

adjective

  • 1Physical Anthropology and Anatomy. Of or relating to the palate and the alveolar ridge; palatomaxillary.

  • 2Phonetics. Of a consonant: articulated with the tongue raised towards the palate and the tip of the tongue against the alveolar ridge.

noun

  • Phonetics. A palato-alveolar consonant.

Origin

Late 19th century. From palato- + alveolar. Compare earlier palato-dental and palato-velar.