Definition of dvandva
: a class of compound words having two immediate constituents that are equal in rank and related to each other as if joined by and : a compound word belonging to this class (as bittersweet, secretary-treasurer, sociopolitical) — see 2copulative 2
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Origin and Etymology of dvandva
Sanskrit dvaṁdva, literally, a pair, couple, reduplication of dva two — more at two
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