Affricate, also known as semiplosive, is a phoneme (a distinct sound unit like /k/, /l/, and /r/) which specifically merges a plosive (a consonant that is produced by interrupting airflow like p, b, and t) with a fricative (a consonant produced by airflow through the narrow opening between the teeth or between the lip and teeth like /sh/, /f/ and /th/); having similar articulation location. For instance, the sound of /ch/ in “chore” is a combination of the plosive /t/ and fricative /sh/.

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