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 (lē′nĭs, lā′-)
Articulated with relatively low pressure of the airstream below the glottis, as English (b) and (d) compared with (p) and (t).

[Latin lēnis, soft; see lē- in Indo-European roots.]


(ˈliːnɪs) phonetics
(Phonetics & Phonology) (of a consonant) articulated with weak muscular tension
n, pl lenes (ˈliːniːz)
(Phonetics & Phonology) a consonant, such as English b or v, pronounced with weak muscular force
[C19: from Latin: gentle]


(ˈli nɪs, ˈleɪ-)

adj., n., pl. -nes (-niz) adj.
1. (of a consonant sound) pronounced with relatively weak muscular tension and breath pressure, as the sounds (b, d, g, j, v, t, z, zh) in English. Compare fortis.
2. a lenis consonant.
[1925–30; < Latin: soft, mild, gentle]
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CARTER Pauline Margaret Lenis Suddenly Passed away on February 2nd at UHW aged 78 years.
15) They demonstrate that SAE differs sharply from AE and presents "a lenis series of stops produced with lead VOT and a fortis series of stops produced with long-lag VOT.
Samples for total DNA extraction was obtained from the thorax and legs of Phyllophaga lenis (Horn) (Coleoptera: Scarabaeidae) and Phyllophaga brevidens (Bates) (Coleoptera: Scarabaeidae) after morphological identification.
Later it is claimed, though, that "sibilants, like stops, are lenis if they are short and fortis if they are long" (p.
Three ships CMA CGM Verdi, Maersk Izmir and Alliance St Lenis sailed out to sea on Monday morning, while another ship Maran Gas Asclepius is expected to sail on same day at afternoon.
All these aspects will be discussed at the CLT17 in Cartagena, where the GSMA will lead a panel discussion with speakers including: Daniel Quintero Vice Minister of ICT of Colombia; Alfonso Gmez Palacio, President of Telefnica Colombia; Ana Lucia Lenis, Senior Manager Government Affairs and Public Policy Andean and Central Region at Google; and Martha Castellanos, Manager of the National Education Plan 2016-2025 at the Ministry of Education of Colombia.
Wendy Velazco, Dina Abed El Kader, Maczy Gonzalez, Lenis Garcia, Omaira Anez, Ayari Avila, Luz Maritza Reyes, Jose Arevalo.
En el cuarto apartado, "Los usos de la cuestion social", Juan Manuel Cerda se interroga acerca de esto en Argentina; Pavel Navarro sobre el impacto de la beneficencia de raigambre estadounidense en la primera parte del siglo XX en Mexico, por medio del caso de Raymond Bell en Durango; y Alejandra Landaburu y Maria Lenis examinan los vinculos entre el asociacionismo, los empresarios azucareros y la cuestion social en Tucuman a principios del siglo XX.
Descripcion de la larva de Phyllophaga lenis (Coleoptera: Melolonthidae) en Santa Cruz Xoxocotlan, Oaxaca, Mexico, con notas sobre su biologia.
En mamiferos los habitats de mejor calidad fueron los relictos de vegetacion secundaria; mientras que el pastizal ofrecio pocos recursos alimenticios y por su consistencia herbacea los expone al riesgo de depredacion (Guzman, Lenis y Camargo, 2004).
In May 2015 he met up with friends Alicia Lenis and Thomas Hatfield after attending a London conference, and the trio visited the Pembroke area for a weekend of rock-climbing.
Description of the larva of Phyllophaga lenis (Coleoptera: Melolonthidae, Melolonthinae) from Santa Cruz Xoxocotlan, Oaxaca, Mexico, with notes on its biology