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spirant

[ spahy-ruhnt ]
/ ˈspaɪ rənt /
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noun
adjective
Also spi·ran·tal [spahy-ran-tl]. /spaɪˈræn tl/. fricative.
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Origin of spirant

1865–70; <Latin spīrant- (stem of spīrāns, present participle of spīrāre to breathe); see spirit, -ant
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British Dictionary definitions for spirant

spirant
/ (ˈspaɪrənt) /

adjective
phonetics another word for fricative
noun
a fricative consonant

Word Origin for spirant

C19: from Latin spīrāns breathing, from spīrāre to breathe
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