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Hirrient

[HEER-ee-ənt]

Part of speech: adjective

Origin: Latin, date unknown

1.

(Phonology) Having a strongly trilled sound, like that of a cat purring.

Examples of Hirrient in a sentence

"Sondra used hirrient exercises in her speech therapy."

"All of Tim’s pets make distinct, hirrient sounds."

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About Hirrient

This word comes directly from the Latin “hirrient,” which comes from the verb “hirriō,” meaning “ to snarl.

Did you Know?

While “hirrient” often describes animal purring sounds, it can also describe certain words or sounds that humans make. Those sounds are more commonly described as “trilled.” For instance, the rapid vibration of the tongue or uvula that produces the rolling “r” in some languages is called an alveolar trill.

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