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O·ral (ôrəl) or U·ralsk (y-rălsk, -rälsk)
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A city of northwest Kazakhstan on the Ural River south-southeast of Samara, Russia. Founded by Cossacks c. 1622, it is a processing and manufacturing center.

The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition copyright ©2017 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.
 
o·ral (ôrəl)
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adj.
1. Spoken rather than written.
2. Of or relating to the mouth: oral surgery.
3. Used in or taken through the mouth: an oral thermometer; an oral vaccine.
4. Consisting of or using speech: oral instruction.
5. Linguistics Articulated through the mouth only, with the nasal passages closed.
6. Psychology Of or relating to the first stage of psychosexual development in psychoanalytic theory, from birth to about 18 months, during which the mouth is the chief focus of exploration and pleasure. The oral stage is followed by the anal stage.
n. often orals
An academic examination in which questions and answers are spoken rather than written.

[Late Latin ōrālis, from Latin ōs, ōr-, mouth; see ōs- in the Appendix of Indo-European roots.]

oral·ly adv.

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