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affricate

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noun af·fri·cate \ˈa-fri-kət\

Definition of affricate

  1. :  a stop and its immediately following release into a fricative that are considered to constitute a single phoneme (as the \t\ and \sh\ of \ch\ in choose)

af·fric·a·tiveplay \a-ˈfri-kə-tiv, ə-\ noun or adjective


Origin of affricate

probably from German Affrikata, from Latin affricata, feminine of affricatus, past participle of affricare to rub against, from ad- + fricare to rub — more at friction


First Known Use: 1880


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