Lenis definition

lēnĭs, lā-
Articulated with relatively low pressure of the airstream below the glottis, as English (b) and (d) compared with (p) and (t).
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(phonet.) Articulated with little muscle tension and little or no aspiration, as (b) and (d)
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A lenis sound.
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(phonetics) Weakly articulated (of a consonant), hence voiced; especially as compared to the others of a group of homorganic consonants.
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Origin of lenis

  • Latin lēnis soft lē- in Indo-European roots

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • Latin lenis (“soft, smooth").

    From Wiktionary