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Definition of fricative noun from the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary

 

fricative

 noun
noun
NAmE//ˈfrɪkət̮ɪv//
 
(also spirant) (phonetics)
 
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a speech sound made by forcing breath out through a narrow space in the mouth with the lips, teeth, or tongue in a particular position, for example/f/ and/ʃ/ in fee and she
fricative (also spirant) adjective compare plosive
 
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