groove fricative

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groove fricative (plural groove fricatives)

  1. (phonetics) A hissing sound such as the 's' or 'sh' in 'sash' or 'surge'.
    • 1955: H. A. Gleason, An Introduction to Descriptive Linguistics, page 194, section 14.7
      Groove fricatives all have more or less of an [s]-like quality, and are for this reason sometimes called sibilants.

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