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consonant

con·so·nant

consonant

pronunciation:
kan s nnt
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part of speech: noun
definition 1: a sound in a language made by stopping or restricting the flow of air through the mouth using speech organs such as the tongue, teeth, or lips. The sounds represented by the letters "d," "k," "b," "s," and "m" are examples of consonants in English.
definition 2: any letter of an alphabet that is used to represent the sound of a consonant.
derivation: consonantly (adv.)
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con- Latin prefix that means with, together
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The prefix con- is an assimilated form of com- used before roots beginning with c, d, f, g, j, n, s, and v. See com-. Note: con- is frequently an intensive prefix, as in "conceive ."