spirant

[ spahy-ruh nt ]
/ ˈspaɪ rənt /
Phonetics

noun

adjective

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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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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