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1Chiefly Palaeontology. Especially in a fish: a bone or bony plate located anterior to the nasal bone in the snout.
2Zoology. In a reptile: a scale on the head immediately in front of the nostril.
3Linguistics. A prenasalized consonant.
1Zoology and Anatomy. Located in front of the nose, the nostrils, or the nasal region.
2Linguistics. Occurring before a nasal consonant; characterized by prenasalization.
Mid 19th century. From pre- + nasal. Compare postnasal, postnasal.
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