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{adj: hard} (of speech sounds); produced with the back of the tongue raised toward or touching the velum
"Russian distinguished between hard consonants and palatalized or soft consonants"
<-> soft

{adj: velar} of or relating to the velum

{n: partial veil, velum} membrane of the young sporophore of various mushrooms extending from the margin of the cap to the stem and is ruptured by growth; represented in mature mushroom by an annulus around the stem and sometimes a cortina on the margin of the cap

{n: soft palate, velum} a muscular flap that closes off the nasopharynx during swallowing or speaking

{n: universal veil, velum} membrane initially completely investing the young sporophore of various mushrooms that is ruptured by growth; represented in the mature mushroom by a volva around lower part of stem and scales on upper surface of the cap

{v: nasalize, nasalise} pronounce with a lowered velum
"She nasalizes all her vowels"


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