- an unaspirated, voiceless plosive.
Origin of tenuis
1640–50; < Latin: thin, fine, slender; akin to thin
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Examples from the Web for tenuis
The change from the media to the tenuis we call the fourth state.
For 'voiceless,' 'surd,' 'hard,' or 'tenuis' are sometimes used.New Latin Grammar
Charles E. Bennett
Antennæ breves; articulus tertius rotundus; arista apicalis, longa, tenuis, setiformis.
In tenui labor, at tenuis non gloria—Slight is the subject of my work, but not the glory.
The change of the tenuis to the media, or a radical media to an aspirate, we call the second state.
- (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