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fricative

noun fric·a·tive \ˈfri-kə-tiv\

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

Full Definition of FRICATIVE

:  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

  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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