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noun (wikipedia, Fricative consonant)
  1. (context, linguistics, archaic) A fricative.
    • 1888: w:Joseph Wright (linguist), Joseph Wright, An Old High German Primer
    • :s was a voicless in all positions like the s in English sit
    • 1954: w:J. R. R. Tolkien, J. R. R. Tolkien, w:The Lord of the Rings, The Lord of the Rings, Appendix E.
    • :The raising of the stem indicated the opening of the consonant to a ""
Etymology: From Latin spirans, present participle of spiro, spirare "to blow". See inspire, expire, respiration etc.


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