Crossword clues for retroflex
The Collaborative International Dictionary
Retroflex \Re"tro*flex\, Retroflexed \Re"tro*flexed\, a. [Pref. retro- + L. flectere, flexum, to bend, to turn.] Reflexed; bent or turned abruptly backward.
Douglas Harper's Etymology Dictionary
a. 1 bent or curved backwards. 2 (context phonetics English): Of pronunciation in which the tip of the tongue is raised and bent backwards, so that the underside of the tongue is behind the alveolar ridge or touches the palate. n. (context linguistics English) a retroflex consonant
v. bend or turn backward [syn: replicate]
articulate (a consonant) with the tongue curled back against the palate; "Indian accents can be characterized by the fact that speakers retroflex their consonants"