Sunday, 18 March 2012

Entry: fricatives (n.)

In context: See previous previous.

Definition: Of a consonant-sound: Produced by the friction of the breath through a narrow opening between two of the mouth-organs.

Other:  This usage sounds a lot more vulgar than it is:

1883   I. Taylor Alphabet I. iii. §3. 181   Cheth‥a ‘fricative faucal’, was a strongly marked continuous guttural sound produced at the back of the palate.

SNOOT score: 1

Source: Oxford English Dictionary

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