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Topic: COLOURS AND SOUNDS

Date: 1600-1700
Language: Medieval Latin
Origin: nasalis, from Latin nasus 'nose'

nasal

1 adjective
     
na‧sal1
1 [only before noun]HBH related to the nose:
the nasal passage
2C a sound or voice that is nasal comes mainly through your nose:
He spoke in a high nasal voice.
3SL [only before noun] technical a nasal consonant or vowel such as /n/ or /m/ is one that is produced completely or partly through your nose
nasally adverb
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