obstruent

Definitions of obstruent
  1. noun
    a consonant that is produced with a partial or complete blockage of the airflow from the lungs through the nose or mouth
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    occlusive, plosive, plosive consonant, plosive speech sound, stop, stop consonant
    a consonant produced by stopping the flow of air at some point and suddenly releasing it
    continuant, continuant consonant
    consonant articulated by constricting (but not closing) the vocal tract
    affricate, affricate consonant, affricative
    a composite speech sound consisting of a stop and a fricative articulated at the same point (as `ch' in `chair' and `j' in `joy')
    labial stop
    a stop consonant that is produced with the lips
    glottal catch, glottal plosive, glottal stop
    a stop consonant articulated by releasing pressure at the glottis; as in the sudden onset of a vowel
    click, suction stop
    a stop consonant made by the suction of air into the mouth (as in Bantu)
    fricative, fricative consonant, spirant
    a continuant consonant produced by breath moving against a narrowing of the vocal tract
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    consonant
    a speech sound that is not a vowel
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