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In phonetics, a dorso-velar consonant is one in which the airstream through the mouth is blocked or constricted between the upper surface of the tongue (the dorsum) and the back of the hard palate (the velum). Examples of dorso-velar consonants are k as in kiss, g as in give, and ng as in sing.
Since the velum is rarely associated with any coarticulator other than the dorsum, dorso-velar consonants are sometimes just called velar; the involvement of the top of the tongue is tacitly assumed.
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