fricative


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

  1. Also called spirant. a fricative consonant, as (th), (v), or (h).

noun

  1. a continuant consonant produced by partial occlusion of the airstream, such as (f) or (z)

adjective

  1. relating to or denoting a fricative

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

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