|1.||phonetics another word for fricative|
|2.||a fricative consonant|
|[C19: from Latin spīrāns breathing, from spīrāre to breathe]|
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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