spirant

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EtymologyEdit

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

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spirant (plural spirants)

  1. (linguistics, dated) 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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spirant (feminine spirante, masculine plural spirants, feminine plural spirantes)

  1. approximant

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LatinEdit

VerbEdit

spīrant

  1. third-person plural present active indicative of spīrō

RomanianEdit

EtymologyEdit

From French spirante.

AdjectiveEdit

spirant m or n (feminine singular spirantă, masculine plural spiranți, feminine and neuter plural spirante)

  1. fricative consonant

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