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.

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