- Also spi·ran·tal [spahy-ran-tl] /spaɪˈræn tl/. fricative.
Origin of spirant
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Examples from the Web for spirant
In twien b 210 from twiga the spirant has disappeared, as in monie b 168.
When the lips are not tightly closed the sound produced is not a stop, but a spirant like the English w.
Spirant, spī′rant, n. a consonant which is fricative or continuable—opp.
Spirant, v like the ou in French oui, but later approximating to the w heard in some parts of Germany, Ed.
- phonetics another word for fricative
- a fricative consonant
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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