affricate

noun
af·​fri·​cate | \ˈa-fri-kət \

Definition of affricate 

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

Other Words from affricate

affricative \a-​ˈfri-​kə-​tiv, ə-​ \ noun or adjective

First Known Use of affricate

1876, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for affricate

borrowed from German Affrikata, borrowed from Latin affricāta, feminine of affricātus, past participle of affricāre "to rub (one thing against another)," from ad- ad- + fricāre "to rub, chafe" — more at friction

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