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spirant

[spahy-ruh nt] /ˈspaɪ rənt/
noun
1.
fricative (def 2).
adjective
2.
Also, spirantal
[spahy-ran-tl] /spaɪˈræn tl/ (Show IPA)
. fricative.
Origin
1865-1870
1865-70; < Latin spīrant- (stem of spīrāns, present participle of spīrāre to breathe); see spirit, -ant
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British Dictionary definitions for spirant

spirant

/ˈspaɪrənt/
adjective
1.
(phonetics) another word for fricative
noun
2.
a fricative consonant
Word Origin
C19: from Latin spīrāns breathing, from spīrāre to breathe
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Word Origin and History for spirant
n.

breathy consonant, 1862, from Latin spirans (genitive spirantis), present participle of spirare "to breathe, blow" (see spirit (n.)).

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Encyclopedia Article for spirant

fricative

in phonetics, a consonant sound, such as English f or v, produced by bringing the mouth into position to block the passage of the airstream, but not making complete closure, so that air moving through the mouth generates audible friction.

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