tenuis

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English[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From Latin tenuis (thin, fine; weak).

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Adjective[edit]

tenuis (not comparable)

  1. Of Greek consonants, neither aspirated nor voiced, as [p], [t], [k]
  2. (linguistics) Of obstruents in other languages, not voiced, aspirated, glottalized, or otherwise different in phonation from the prototypical values of the voiceless IPA letters ([p], [t], [k], [f], [θ], [s], [ʃ], etc.).

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Noun[edit]

tenuis (plural tenues)

  1. (linguistics) a tenuis consonant
    • 1887, Max Müller
      The tenuis becomes aspirate in Low-German.

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Latin[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From Proto-Indo-European *ténh₂us (thin). Cognates include Sanskrit तनु (tanú), Ancient Greek τανυ- (tanu-) and Old English þynne (English thin).

Pronunciation[edit]

Adjective[edit]

tenuis m, f (neuter tenue); third declension

  1. thin, fine, slender
  2. weak, watery
  3. slight, trifling
  4. delicate, subtle

Inflection[edit]

Third declension, neuter nominative singular in -e.

Number Singular Plural
Case \ Gender Masc./Fem. Neuter Masc./Fem. Neuter
nominative tenuis tenue tenuēs tenuia
genitive tenuis tenuis tenuium tenuium
dative tenuī tenuī tenuibus tenuibus
accusative tenuem tenue tenuēs tenuia
ablative tenuī tenuī tenuibus tenuibus
vocative tenuis tenue tenuēs tenuia

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References[edit]

  • tenuis in Charlton T. Lewis & Charles Short, A Latin Dictionary, Oxford: Clarendon Press, 1879