Grassmann's law

noun
Grass·mann's law | \ˈgra|smənz, -raa|, -rai|, -rä|, -rȧ|\

Definition of Grassmann's law 

: 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

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History and Etymology for Grassmann's law

after Hermann G. Grassmann †1877 German mathematician & Sanskritist

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