Grassmann's law

noun

Grass·​mann's law
ˈgra|smənz,
-raa|,
-rai|,
-rä|,
-rȧ|
: a statement of certain regular changes exhibited by Indo-European voiced aspirates in Sanskrit and Greek: when the aspirates occur at the beginning of successive syllables one of them, usually the first, loses its aspiration and becomes in Greek a voiceless stop and in Sanskrit a voiced stop compare grimm's law

Word History

Etymology

after Hermann G. Grassmann †1877 German mathematician & Sanskritist

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“Grassmann's law.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/Grassmann%27s%20law. Accessed 19 Jun. 2024.

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