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 psīlos ) from Latin thin ; see tenuous .
- (linguistics) a tenuis consonant
From Latin tenuis (“thin, fine; weak").