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

First recorded in 1855–60; fricat(ion) + -ive
Related formsnon·fric·a·tive, adjective, nounun·fric·a·tive, adjective
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Related Words for fricative

click, consonant, liquid, phone, sonant, affricate, diphthong, fricative, implosive, plosive, sibilant, spirant, syllable, vocable

Examples from the Web for fricative

Historical Examples of fricative

  • Medial q is usually written (chi), representing the fricative pronunciation: Ealuin and similar.

    The Central Eskimo

    Franz Boas

  • Instead of the former there is a g with “fricative” pronunciation, and as in High German the th has passed over into d.

  • Spirant, spī′rant, n. a consonant which is fricative or continuable—opp.

British Dictionary definitions for fricative


  1. a continuant consonant produced by partial occlusion of the airstream, such as (f) or (z)
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  1. relating to or denoting a fricative
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Word Origin for fricative

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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