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p    : [p'i]
P \P\ (p[=e]),
the sixteenth letter of the English alphabet, is a nonvocal
consonant whose form and value come from the Latin, into
which language the letter was brought, through the ancient
Greek, from the Ph[oe]nician, its probable origin being
Egyptian. Etymologically P is most closely related to b, f,
and v; as hobble, hopple; father, paternal; recipient,
receive. See {B}, {F}, and {M}.
[1913 Webster] See Guide to Pronunciation, [sect][sect] 247,
248, and 184-195.
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Labial \La"bi*al\, n.
1. (Phonetics) A letter or character representing an
articulation or sound formed or uttered chiefly with the
lips, as {b}, {p}, {w}.
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2. (Mus.) An organ pipe that is furnished with lips; a flue
pipe.
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3. (Zool.) One of the scales which border the mouth of a fish
or reptile.
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Mute \Mute\, n.
1. One who does not speak, whether from physical inability,
unwillingness, or other cause. Specifically:
(a) One who, from deafness, either congenital or from
early life, is unable to use articulate language; a
deaf-mute.
(b) A person employed by undertakers at a funeral.
(c) A person whose part in a play does not require him to
speak.
(d) Among the Turks, an officer or attendant who is
selected for his place because he can not speak.
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2. (Phon.) A letter which represents no sound; a silent
letter; also, a close articulation; an element of speech
formed by a position of the mouth organs which stops the
passage of the breath; as, {p}, {b}, {d}, {k}, {t}.
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3. (Mus.) A little utensil made of brass, ivory, or other
material, so formed that it can be fixed in an erect
position on the bridge of a violin, or similar instrument,
in order to deaden or soften the tone.
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