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The uvula 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 meaning "grape". The uvula plays an important role in the creation of a human voice sound especially the creation of guttural sounds. 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.