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sib·i·lant  audio  (sb-lnt) KEY 

ADJECTIVE:
Of, characterized by, or producing a hissing sound like that of (s) or (sh): the sibilant consonants; a sibilant bird call.
NOUN:
A sibilant speech sound, such as English (s), (sh), (z), or (zh).

ETYMOLOGY:
Latin sbilns, sbilant- present participle of sbilre, to hiss

OTHER FORMS:
sibi·lance or sibi·lan·cy(Noun), sibi·lant·ly(Adverb)


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