Meaning of fricative

fric•a•tive

Pronunciation: (frik'u-tiv), [key]
— Phonet. Phonet.
—adj.
  1. (of a speech sound) characterized by audible friction produced by forcing the breath through a constricted or partially obstructed passage in the vocal tract; spirantal; spirant.
—n.
  1. Also calleda fricative consonant, as (th), (v), or (h).
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