[ lee-nis, ley- ]
/ ˈli nɪs, ˈleɪ- /
pronounced with relatively weak muscular tension and breath pressure, resulting in weak sound effect: in stressed or unstressed position, (b, d, g, j, v, th̸, z, and zh) are lenis in English, as compared with (p, t, k, ch, f, th, s, and sh), which are fortis.Compare fortis(def 1).
noun, plural le·nes [lee-neez, ley-] /ˈli niz, ˈleɪ-/.
a lenis consonant.
Origin of lenis
1925–30; < Latin: soft, mild, gentle
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Examples from the Web for lenes
All the so-called aspirates are continuous; and, with the exception of s and z, all the lenes are explosive.A Handbook of the English Language|Robert Gordon Latham
These lenes susurri, says Galiana, are not the soft whispers of two lovers; they are serenades.A Jar of Honey from Mount Hybla|Leigh Hunt
British Dictionary definitions for lenes
/ (ˈliːnɪs) phonetics /
(of a consonant) articulated with weak muscular tension
noun plural lenes (ˈliːniːz)
a consonant, such as English b or v, pronounced with weak muscular force
Word Origin for lenis
C19: from Latin: gentle
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