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Velum

  • Definition: Soft part of the roof of the mouth behind the hard palate, also known as the soft palate. When the velum is raised, the passage between the pharynx (throat) and the nasal cavity is closed. When it is lowered, air escapes from the nose, and a nasal sound is produced.

    Source: Language Files, eleventh edition, edited by Vedrana Mihalicek and Christin Wilson

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