ba·hu·vri·hi | \ ˌbä(ˌ)hüvˈrēhē\
Definition of bahuvrihi
: a class of compound words whose meanings follow the formula “(one) having a B that is A” where A stands for the first constituent of the compound and B for the second also : a compound word belonging to this class (such as graybeard, blockhead, or barefoot) — see possessive entry 1 sense 1b
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