noun, plural tenues [ten-yoo-eez] .
an unaspirated, voiceless plosive.

1640–50; < Latin: thin, fine, slender; akin to thin

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tenuis (ˈtɛnjʊɪs)
n , pl tenues
(in the grammar of classical Greek) any of the voiceless stops as represented by kappa, pi, or tau (k, p, t)
[C17: from Latin: thin]

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