Definition of Benrath line
: one of a bundle of isoglosses crossing Germany roughly from Aachen and Düsseldorf to Frankfurt an der Oder and dividing High German to the south, with fricatives and affricates for proto-Germanic p, t, k, from the rest of the West Germanic speech area to the north and northwest, with proto-Germanic p, t, k remaining intact (as in E pipe, that, to, make, contrasted with G pfeife, das, zu, machen)
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Origin and Etymology of benrath line
translation of German benrather linie, from Benrath, Germany, near which the isogloss dividing High German machen “to make” from Low German maken crosses the Rhine
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