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Articulated with relatively strong pressure of the airstream below the glottis, as in English (p) and (t) compared with (b) and (d).
A fortis consonant.
[Latin, strong; see fort.]
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(Phonetics & Phonology) (of a consonant) articulated with considerable muscular tension of the speech organs or with a great deal of breath pressure or plosion
n, pl -tes (-tiːz)
(Phonetics & Phonology) a consonant, such as English p or f, pronounced with considerable muscular force or breath pressure
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adj., n., pl. -tes (-tēz). adj.
1. (of a consonant sound) pronounced with considerable muscular tension and breath pressure, resulting in a strong fricative or plosive sound, as the sounds (p, t, k, ch, f, th, s, sh) in English. Compare lenis.n.
2. a fortis consonant.
[1905–10; < Latin: strong, powerful, firm]
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