Grimm's law

noun
\ ˈgrimz- How to pronounce Grimm's law (audio) \

Definition of Grimm's law

: a statement in historical linguistics: Proto-Indo-European voiceless stops became Proto-Germanic voiceless fricatives (as in Greek pyr, treis, kardia compared with English fire, three, heart), Proto-Indo-European voiced stops became Proto-Germanic voiceless stops (as in Latin duo, genus compared with English two, kin), and Proto-Indo-European voiced aspirated stops became Proto-Germanic voiced fricatives (as in Sanskrit nābhi, madhya "mid" compared with English navel, Old Norse mithr "mid")

First Known Use of Grimm's law

1838, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for Grimm's law

Jacob Grimm

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“Grimm's law.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/Grimm%27s%20law. Accessed 17 Jan. 2022.

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