plural -s
: conversion (of a simple stop sound) into an affricate

Word History


borrowed from German Affrikation, borrowed from Late Latin adfricātiōn-, adfricātiō, affricātiōn-, affricātiō "rubbing (of parts of the body)," from Latin affricāre "to rub (one thing against another)" + -tiōn-, -tiō, noun suffix

First Known Use

1878, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of affrication was in 1878

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“Affrication.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 28 Sep. 2023.

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