dvandva

noun dvan·dva \ ˈdvän(ˌ)dvä , dəˈv- , -vəndvə \

Definition of dvandva

plural dvandvas or 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


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