- an unaspirated, voiceless plosive.
Origin of tenuis
1640–50; < Latin: thin, fine, slender; akin to thin
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The tenues of the classics (as far as they go) are sharp, the medi flat.A Handbook of the English Language
Robert Gordon Latham
It is not until much later times that the h in the mutated forms of the tenues, or the use of the dot, was extended to the mediae.
The same remark holds good in the case of the nasal mutation (eclipse) of the tenues.
The mutations seem to have started in the second half of the 6th century in the case of the tenues.
As a rule the medial mutation of the tenues and mediae is not denoted in O. Welsh.
- (in the grammar of classical Greek) any of the voiceless stops as represented by kappa, pi, or tau (k, p, t)
C17: from Latin: thin
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