Meaning of laryngeal

la•ryn•ge•al

Pronunciation: (lu-rin'jē-ul, lar"un-jē'ul), [key]
— adj.
  1. of, pertaining to, or located in the larynx.
  2. articulated in the larynx.
—n.
  1. a laryngeal sound.
  2. one of several hypothetical phonemes assumed to have existed in Proto-Indo-European and to have been lost in most later Indo-European languages after having modified some contiguous consonants and vowels.
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