Definition of laminal in English:

laminal

Pronunciation /ˈlamənl/ /ˈlæmənl/

See synonyms for laminal

adjective

Phonetics
  • (of a consonant) formed with the blade of the tongue touching the alveolar ridge (e.g., n, s, t).

    • ‘The blade is immediately behind the tip, lies opposite the alveolar ridge of the upper mouth when the tongue is in a state of rest, and sounds made with the blade are laminal.’

noun

Phonetics
  • A laminal sound.

    • ‘Consonants articulated with the blade of the tongue (laminals) in Australian Aboriginal languages come in two (at least) varieties: those with dental or interdental closure (th, nh) and those with alveopalatal closure (ñ, c).’

Origin

1950s from lamina+ -al.