of, at, or forming the .
Phonetics. (of a speech sound) articulated principally with the aid of the tip of the tongue, as t or d.
Phonetics. an apical sound.
of, at, or being the apex
of or denoting a consonant articulated with the tip of the tongue, such as (t) or (d)

“of or belonging to an apex,” 1828, from Latin apicem, from apex (see apex) + -al (1).

apical a·pi·cal (ā’pĭ-kəl, āp’ĭ-)

Relating to the apex of a pyramidal or pointed structure.

Situated nearer to the apex of a structure in relation to a specific reference point.

a’pi·cal·ly adv.


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