1. Of or relating to the lips or labia.
2. Linguistics Articulated mainly by closing or partly closing the lips, as the sounds (b), (m), or (w).
1. Linguistics A labial consonant.
2. Music See flue1.
[Medieval Latin labiālis, from Latin labium, lip; see leb- in the Appendix of Indo-European roots.]
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