anusvara

noun an·us·va·ra \ˌanəsˈvärə, ˌän-\

Definition of anusvara

plural

-s

  1. 1 :  a Sanskrit postvocalic nasal sound or group of sounds occurring in the interior of a morpheme only before ś, ṣ, s, or h and at the end of a morpheme only before an initial consonant of a following morpheme

  2. 2 :  a sign used in writing Sanskrit to represent the anusvara sound or sounds and in some manuscripts and editions certain other postvocalic nasal sounds

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Origin and Etymology of anusvara

borrowed from Sanskrit anusvāra-, from anu- “after, along” + svāra- “sound, accent,” lengthened-grade noun derivative of svarati “(s/he) sounds, sings” — more at 1on, 1swarm


First Known Use: 1820


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