spirant

noun
spi·​rant | \ ˈspī-rənt How to pronounce spirant (audio) \

Definition of spirant

: a consonant (such as \f\, \s\, \sh\) uttered with friction of the breath against some part of the oral passage : fricative

Other Words from spirant

spirant adjective

First Known Use of spirant

1862, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for spirant

International Scientific Vocabulary, from Latin spirant-, spirans, present participle of spirare to breathe

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The first known use of spirant was in 1862

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“Spirant.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/spirant. Accessed 23 Oct. 2020.

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