- (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.
- Also called spirant. a fricative consonant, as (th), (v), or (h).
Origin of fricative
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Examples from the Web for fricative
Medial q is usually written (chi), representing the fricative pronunciation: Ealuin and similar.The Central Eskimo
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.
- a continuant consonant produced by partial occlusion of the airstream, such as (f) or (z)
- relating to or denoting a 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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