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Definition of 'spirant'

Noun

  1. a continuant consonant produced by breath moving against a narrowing of the vocal tract
       Synonyms: fricative consonant fricative

Adjective

  1. of speech sounds produced by forcing air through a constricted passage (as `f', `s', `z', or `th' in both `thin' and `then')
       Synonyms: fricative continuant sibilant strident


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