Definition of continuant noun from the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary

 

continuant

 noun
noun
NAmE//kənˈtɪnyuənt//
 
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a consonant that is pronounced with the breath passing through the throat, so that the sound can be continued./f/,/l/, and/m/ are examples of continuants.
continuantadjective[only before noun]
 
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continuant consonants