a consonant which articulated utilizing both mouth as p or b or w
- created using both mouth said of a consonant As bilabial fricatives
- of or associated with or becoming a speech sound that is articulated utilizing both lips
- a consonant that is articulated making use of both mouth; /p/ or /b/ or /w/
1857, from bi- + labial. Alternative bilabiate is attested from 1794.
Thus F came to be the representative of the unvoiced labiodental spirant instead of that for the bilabial voiced spirant.