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lenis

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adjective le·nis \ˈlē-nəs, ˈlā-\

Definition of lenis

  1. :  produced with an articulation that is lax in relation to another speech sound <\t\ in gutter is lenis, \t\ in toe is fortis>



Origin of lenis

New Latin, from Latin, mild, smooth


First Known Use: circa 1897

Rhymes with lenis


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