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alveolar (adj.)

1799, "pertaining to the sockets of the teeth," from a modern medical use of Latin alveolus "socket, small hollow or cavity" (see alveolus) + -ar. Sense extended 19c. to other anatomical hollows.

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Definitions of alveolar from WordNet
1
alveolar (adj.)
pertaining to the tiny air sacs of the lungs;
alveolar (adj.)
pertaining to the sockets of the teeth or that part of the upper jaw;
alveolar processes
2
alveolar (n.)
a consonant articulated with the tip of the tongue near the gum ridge;
Synonyms: alveolar consonant / dental consonant / dental
From wordnet.princeton.edu