Examples from the Web for spirant
Spirant, v like the ou in French oui, but later approximating to the w heard in some parts of Germany, Ed.
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.
In twien b 210 from twiga the spirant has disappeared, as in monie b 168.
British Dictionary definitions for spirant
Word Origin for spirant
Word Origin and History for spirant
breathy consonant, 1862, from Latin spirans (genitive spirantis), present participle of spirare "to breathe, blow" (see spirit (n.)).