Definition of anusvara
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 : 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”
First Known Use: 1820See Words from the same year
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