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 for sonant
From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Sonant \So"nant\, a. [L. sonans, -antis, p. pr. of sonare to
     sound. See Sound a noise.]
     1. Of or pertaining to sound; sounding.
        [1913 Webster]
     2. (Phonetics) Uttered, as an element of speech, with tone or
        proper vocal sound, as distinguished from mere breath
        sound; intonated; voiced; vocal; tonic; the opposite of
        nonvocal, or surd; -- said of the vowels, semivowels,
        liquids, and nasals, and particularly of the consonants b,
        d, g hard, v, etc., as compared with their cognates p, t,
        k, f, etc., which are called nonvocal, surd, or aspirate.
        -- n. A sonant letter.
        [1913 Webster]

From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) :

      adj 1: produced with vibration of the vocal cords; "a frequently
             voiced opinion"; "voiced consonants such as `b' and `g'
             and `z'"; [syn: voiced, sonant, soft] [ant: hard,
             surd, unvoiced, voiceless]
      n 1: a speech sound accompanied by sound from the vocal cords
           [syn: sonant, voiced sound]

From Moby Thesaurus II by Grady Ward, 1.0 :

  130 Moby Thesaurus words for "sonant":
     accented, allophone, alveolar, apical, apico-alveolar,
     apico-dental, articulate, articulated, articulation, aspiration,
     assimilated, assimilation, back, barytone, bilabial, broad,
     cacuminal, central, cerebral, check, checked, close, consonant,
     consonantal, continuant, dental, diphthong, dissimilated,
     dissimilation, dorsal, epenthetic vowel, explosive, flat, front,
     glide, glossal, glottal, glottalization, guttural, hard, heavy,
     high, intonated, labial, labialization, labiodental, labiovelar,
     laryngeal, lateral, lax, light, lingual, liquid, low,
     manner of articulation, mid, modification, monophthong,
     monophthongal, morphophoneme, mute, muted, narrow, nasal,
     nasalized, occlusive, open, oral, oxytone, palatal, palatalized,
     parasitic vowel, peak, pharyngeal, pharyngealization,
     pharyngealized, phone, phoneme, phonemic, phonetic, phonic, pitch,
     pitched, plosive, posttonic, prothetic vowel, retroflex, rounded,
     segmental phoneme, semivowel, soft, sonority, speech sound, spoken,
     stop, stopped, stressed, strong, surd, syllabic, syllabic nucleus,
     syllabic peak, syllable, tense, thick, throaty, tonal, tonic,
     transition sound, triphthong, twangy, unaccented, unrounded,
     unstressed, velar, viva, vocable, vocal, vocalic, vocoid, voice,
     voiced, voiced sound, voiceless, voiceless sound, voicing, vowel,
     vowellike, weak, wide

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