spirant

spirant

[spahy-ruhnt] Phonetics.
noun
1.
fricative ( def 2 ).
adjective
2.
Also, spirantal [spahy-ran-tl] . fricative.

Origin:
1865–70; < Latin spīrant- (stem of spīrāns, present participle of spīrāre to breathe); see spirit, -ant

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spirant (ˈspaɪrənt)
 
adj
1.  phonetics another word for fricative
 
n
2.  a fricative consonant
 
[C19: from Latin spīrāns breathing, from spīrāre to breathe]

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spirant
breathy consonant, 1862, from L. spirans (gen. spirantis), prp. of spirare "to breathe, blow" (see spirit).
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spirant

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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