Phonet. a consonantal sound, as (?) or (v), produced by the passage of breath through the partially closed oral cavity; fricative
Origin of spirant; from Classical Latin spirans, present participle of spirare, to breathe: see spirit
having the nature of a spirant; fricative
Origin of spirantLatin sp&imacron;rans, sp&imacron;rant-, present participle of sp&imacron;rare, to breathe.
- (linguistics, archaic) A fricative.