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

  Fricative \Fric"a*tive\, a. [See Frication.] (Phon.)
     Produced by the friction or rustling of the breath, intonated
     or unintonated, through a narrow opening between two of the
     mouth organs; uttered through a close approach, but not with
     a complete closure, of the organs of articulation, and hence
     capable of being continued or prolonged; -- said of certain
     consonantal sounds, as f, v, s, z, etc. -- n. A fricative
     consonant letter or sound. See Guide to Pronunciation,
     [sect][sect] 197-206, etc.
     [1913 Webster]

From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) :

  fricative
      adj 1: of speech sounds produced by forcing air through a
             constricted passage (as `f', `s', `z', or `th' in both
             `thin' and `then') [syn: fricative, continuant,
             sibilant, spirant, strident]
      n 1: a continuant consonant produced by breath moving against a
           narrowing of the vocal tract [syn: fricative consonant,
           fricative, spirant]

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