how to pronounce dorsal


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dorsal is pronounced in two syllables

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An example use of dorsal in a speech by a native speaker of american english:

“… triggerfish the front dorsal fin is a …”

meanings of dorsal


  1. Having only one sharp side.
  2. Produced using the dorsum of the tongue.
  3. Relating to the surface naturally superior, as of a creeping hepatic moss.
  4. Relating to the surface naturally inferior, as of a leaf.
  5. Relating to the top surface of the foot or hand.
  6. With respect to, or concerning the side in which the backbone is located, or the analogous side of an invertebrate.


  1. A hanging, usually of rich stuff, at the back of a throne, altar, etc.
  2. A sound produced using the dorsum of the tongue.
  3. In snakes, any of the longitudinal series of plates that encircle the body, excluding the ventral scales.

dorsal frequency in english - C2+ level of CEFR

the word dorsal occurs in english on average 0.1 times per one million words; this frequency warrants it to be in the study list for C2+ level of language mastery according to CEFR, the Common European Framework of Reference.

topics dorsal can be related to

it is hard to perfectly classify words into specific topics since each word can have many context of its use, but our machine-learning models believe that dorsal can be often used in the following areas:

1) life, nature, and living environment;

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