tenuis

noun
ten·​u·​is | \ ˈten-yə-wəs How to pronounce tenuis (audio) \
plural tenues\ ˈten-​yə-​ˌwēz How to pronounce tenuis (audio) , -​ˌwās \

Definition of tenuis

: an unaspirated voiceless stop

First Known Use of tenuis

1650, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for tenuis

borrowed from Medieval Latin (as translation of Greek psīlós "bare, plain," applied to the consonants π, τ, κ), going back to Latin, "thin, narrow, slight" — more at thin entry 1

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“Tenuis.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/tenuis. Accessed 2 Mar. 2021.

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