guna

noun

gu·​na
ˈgu̇nə,
ˈgü-
plural -s
1
: one of three primal qualities or elements of matter according to Sankhya philosophy see rajas, sattva, tamas
2
: a Sanskrit ablaut grade that strengthens the simple vowels by prefixing an a element to each so that i or ī becomes e (for earlier ai), u or ū becomes o (for earlier au), r becomes ar, and becomes al, but a and ā remain unchanged

Word History

Etymology

Sanskrit guṇa thread, quality

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“Guna.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/guna. Accessed 22 Jul. 2024.

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