Phonet. an unaspirated voiceless stop
Origin of tenuisMedieval Latin ; from L, thin: used as translated, translation of Classical Greek psilos, bare, unaspirated (so applied by Aristotle)
nounpl. ten·u·es Linguistics
- A voiceless stop.
- A voiceless unaspirated stop in ancient Greek.
Origin of tenuisNew Latin (translation of Greek ps&imacron;los), from Latin, thin; see tenuous.
- (linguistics) a tenuis consonant
From Latin tenuis (“thin, fine; weak").