[frik-uh-tiv] /ˈfrɪk ə tɪv/ Phonetics

(of a speech sound) characterized by audible friction produced by forcing the breath through a constricted or partially obstructed passage in the vocal tract; spirantal; spirant.
Also called spirant. a fricative consonant, as (th), (v), or (h).
a continuant consonant produced by partial occlusion of the airstream, such as (f) or (z)
relating to or denoting a fricative

1860 (adj.), 1863 (n.), from Modern Latin fricativus, from Latin fricatus, past participle of fricare “to rub” (see friction).


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