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Meaning of obstruent

ob•stru•ent

Pronunciation: (ob'str-unt), [key]
— adj.
  1. (of a substance) producing an obstruction.
  2. (of a speech sound) characterized by stoppage or obstruction of the flow of air from the lungs. Cf.
—n.
  1. a medicine that closes the natural passages of the body.
  2. an obstruent speech sound; a stop, fricative, or affricate. Cf.(def. 2).
Random House Unabridged Dictionary, Copyright © 1997, by Random House, Inc., on Infoplease.
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