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fricative

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noun fric·a·tive \ˈfri-kə-tiv\

Simple Definition of fricative

  • linguistics : a sound made by forcing air out of your mouth through a narrow opening that is made using the lips, teeth, or tongue

Source: Merriam-Webster's Learner's Dictionary

Full Definition of fricative

  1. :  a consonant characterized by frictional passage of the expired breath through a narrowing at some point in the vocal tract

fricative adjective

Examples of fricative in a sentence

  1. The sounds v θ ð s z ʃ ʒ h/ are English fricatives.



Origin of fricative

Latin fricatus, past participle of fricare


First Known Use: 1863


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