fricative

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noun fric·a·tive \ˈfri-kə-tiv\

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

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Examples of fricative in a sentence

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

Origin and Etymology of fricative

Latin fricatus, past participle of fricare


First Known Use: 1863


FRICATIVE Defined for English Language Learners

fricative

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noun fric·a·tive \ˈfri-kə-tiv\

Definition of fricative for English Language Learners

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


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