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noun, plural ten·u·es [ten-yoo-eez] /ˈtɛn yuˌiz/.
  1. an unaspirated, voiceless plosive.
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Origin of tenuis

1640–50; < Latin: thin, fine, slender; akin to thin
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noun plural tenues (ˈtɛnjʊˌiːz)
  1. (in the grammar of classical Greek) any of the voiceless stops as represented by kappa, pi, or tau (k, p, t)
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Word Origin

C17: from Latin: thin
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