bahuvrihi

noun ba·hu·vri·hi \ˌbä(ˌ)hüvˈrēhē\

Definition of bahuvrihi

plural

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  1. :  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 1possessive 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 — more at pachy-, rice


First Known Use: 1846


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