is the little piece of flesh hanging on the end of the palate
, where it meets the throat
at the back of the mouth
. It is derived from the Latin
The uvula plays an important role in the creation of a human voice sound
especially the creation of guttural
It functions in tandem with the back of the throat, the palate, and air
coming up from the lungs
to create a number of guttural
and other sounds.
Consonants pronounced with the uvula do not appear in English; however, languages such as French, Arabic, and Ubykh use uvular consonants to varying degrees.