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

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Origin and Etymology of lenis

New Latin, from Latin, mild, smooth

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