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  • n. A fricative corresponding to a hushing sound. An example of a shibilant is described by the IPA symbol "esh" (ʃ).


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  • Semi-serious term for a sibilant with more diffuse friction; more commonly called a hushing sound. Examples are the postalveolars such as ʃ and ʒ—the sounds of 'ship' and 'fusion' rather than sharper 'sip' and 'fusing'.

    October 30, 2008