Meaning of sibilant

sib•i•lant

Pronunciation: (sib'u-lunt), [key]
— adj.
  1. hissing.
  2. characterized by a hissing sound; noting sounds like those spelled with s in thisrosepressurepleasureand certain similar uses of ch, sh, z, zh, etc.
—n.
  1. a sibilant consonant.
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