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Articulated with relatively low pressure of the airstream below the glottis, as English (b) and (d) compared with (p) and (t).
(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]
le•nis(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.n.
2. a lenis consonant.
[1925–30; < Latin: soft, mild, gentle]