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fricative

[frik-uh-tiv] /ˈfrɪk ə tɪv/ Phonetics
adjective
1.
(of a speech sound) characterized by audible friction produced by forcing the breath through a constricted or partially obstructed passage in the vocal tract; spirantal; spirant.
noun
2.
Also called spirant. a fricative consonant, as (th), (v), or (h).
Origin of fricative
1855-1860
1855-60; fricat(ion) + -ive
Related forms
nonfricative, adjective, noun
unfricative, adjective
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fricative

/ˈfrɪkətɪv/
noun
1.
a continuant consonant produced by partial occlusion of the airstream, such as (f) or (z)
adjective
2.
relating to or denoting a fricative
Word Origin
C19: from New Latin fricātivus, from Latin fricāre to rub
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Word Origin and History for fricative

1860 (adj.), 1863 (n.), from Modern Latin fricativus, from Latin fricatus, past participle of fricare "to rub" (see friction).

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