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obstruent

 [ob´stroo-ent]
1. causing obstruction or blocking.
2. an agent that so acts.
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ob·stru·ent

(ob'strū-ĕnt),
1. Rarely used term for obstructing or clogging.
2. Rarely used term for an agent that obstructs or prevents a normal discharge, especially a discharge from the bowels.
[L. obstruo, to build against, obstruct]
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obstruent

(ŏb′stro͞o-ənt)
adj.
Obstructing or closing natural openings or passages of the body.
n.
1. An obstruent medicine or agent.
2. Linguistics A sound, such as a stop, fricative, or affricate, that is produced with complete blockage or at least partial constriction of the airflow through the nose or mouth.
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The spirantization of stops to fricatives *K > *X word-finally and before an obstruent suffix has no parallel in Balto-Slavic, where the glottalic stops were implosives, as they still are in Sindhi (cf.
As we saw in (30)-(30d), the s-initial radical allomorph is selected after coronal obstruents: [a:rdsag[??]rt] 'high priest', [kosslu[??]] 'infantry'.
This approach to SCF can also account for the occurrence of syllabic obstruents in casual speech forms like suppose [TEXT NOT REPRODUCIBLE IN ASCII], and in this sense it is superior to syllabification-based approaches to SCF.
The prenasalized palatalised velar obstruent /n[g.sup.j]/ should be median.
Seven out of the eleven consonants are obstruents: /p, t, k, ?, x, h, ts/.
g i aaz i a * CORR-SG compels correspondence between obstruents, even if they differ in [place] and [continuant].
Looking at the relevant consonants in terms of elements we can identify a class characterised by the presence of occlusion [?] unaccompanied by tone (H) - in other words, toneless stops; whether the stops are obstruents or sonorants is immaterial.