spirant

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Etymology[edit]

From Latin spirans, present participle of spīrō (I blow). Compare inspire, expire, respiration, etc.

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spirant (plural spirants)

  1. (linguistics, archaic) A fricative.
    • 1888, Joseph Wright, An Old High German Primer:
      Spirant consonants are those in which the mouth passage is simply narrowed without any actual contact.
    • 1954, J. R. R. Tolkien, The Lord of the Rings, Appendix E:
      The raising of the stem indicated the opening of the consonant to a ‘spirant[]

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spīrant

  1. third-person plural present active indicative of spīrō