Definition of spirant
: a consonant (such as \f\, \s\, \sh\) uttered with friction of the breath against some part of the oral passage : fricative
Origin and Etymology of spirant
International Scientific Vocabulary, from Latin spirant-, spirans, present participle of spirare to breathe
First Known Use: 1862See Words from the same year
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