af·​fri·​ca·​tion | \ ˌa-fri-ˈkā-shən \
plural -s

Definition of affrication

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

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First Known Use of affrication

1878, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for affrication

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

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“Affrication.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 24 Feb. 2021.

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