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[fawr-tis] /ˈfɔr tɪs/ Phonetics

pronounced with considerable muscular tension and breath pressure, resulting in a strong fricative or explosive sound. In stressed position (p, t, k, ch, f, th, s, sh) and sometimes (h) are fortis in English as compared with (b, d, g, j, v, th̸, z, and zh), which are lenis.
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noun, plural fortes
[fawr-teez] /ˈfɔr tiz/ (Show IPA)
a fortis consonant.
(of a consonant) articulated with considerable muscular tension of the speech organs or with a great deal of breath pressure or plosion
noun (pl) -tes (-tiːz)
a consonant, such as English p or f, pronounced with considerable muscular force or breath pressure


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