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 and Etymology of lenis

New Latin, from Latin, mild, smooth

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