rough breathing


: a mark ʽ used in Greek over some initial vowels to show that they are aspirated or over ρ to show that it is voiceless
: the sound indicated by a mark ʽ over a Greek vowel or ρ

Word History

First Known Use

1696, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of rough breathing was in 1696

Dictionary Entries Near rough breathing

Cite this Entry

“Rough breathing.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 13 Jul. 2024.

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