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

  Sibilant \Sib"i*lant\, a. [L. sibilans, -antis, p. pr. of
     sibilare to hiss: cf. F. sibilant.]
     Making a hissing sound; uttered with a hissing sound;
     hissing; as, s, z, sh, and zh, are sibilant elementary
     sounds. -- n. A sibiliant letter.
     [1913 Webster]

From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) :

      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 consonant characterized by a hissing sound (like s or sh)
           [syn: sibilant, sibilant consonant]

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