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In twien b 210 from twiga the spirant has disappeared, as in monie b 168.

When the lips are not tightly closed the sound produced is not a stop, but a spirant like the English w.

Spirant, spī′rant, n. a consonant which is fricative or continuable—opp.

Spirant, v like the ou in French oui, but later approximating to the w heard in some parts of Germany, Ed.

WORD ORIGIN

breathy consonant, 1862, from Latin spirans (genitive spirantis), present participle of spirare "to breathe, blow" (see spirit (n.)).

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