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 1b
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Origin and Etymology of bahuvrihi
Sanskrit bahuvrīhi, literally, having much rice (a compound of this type), from bahu much + vrīhi rice
First Known Use: 1846See Words from the same year
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