[spahy-ruh nt]Phonetics
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  1. Also spi·ran·tal [spahy-ran-tl] /spaɪˈræn tl/. fricative.

Origin of spirant

1865–70; < Latin spīrant- (stem of spīrāns, present participle of spīrāre to breathe); see spirit, -ant
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  1. phonetics another word for fricative
  1. a fricative consonant

Word Origin for spirant

C19: from Latin spīrāns breathing, from spīrāre to breathe
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Word Origin and History for spirant

breathy consonant, 1862, from Latin spirans (genitive spirantis), present participle of spirare "to breathe, blow" (see spirit (n.)).

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