sibilancy


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sib·i·lant

 (sĭb′ə-lənt)
adj.
Of, characterized by, or producing a hissing sound like that of (s) or (sh): the sibilant consonants; a sibilant bird call.
n.
A sibilant speech sound, such as English (s), (sh), (z), or (zh).

[Latin sībilāns, sībilant-, present participle of sībilāre, to hiss.]

sib′i·lance, sib′i·lan·cy n.
sib′i·lant·ly adv.

sibilancy, sibilance

the state or quality of a hissing sound. — sibilant, adj.
See also: Sound