- (phonetics) Any of several sounds produced by air flowing through a constriction in the oral cavity and typically producing a sibilant, hissing, or buzzing quality; a fricative consonant. English F and S are fricatives.
Etymology: From New Latin fricativus, from Latin fricatus (past participle of fricare, to rub) + adjective suffix -ivus.
- (phonetics) produced by air flowing through a restriction in the oral cavity.
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