sandhi

noun
san·​dhi | \ ˈsan-dē How to pronounce sandhi (audio) , ˈsän-, ˈsən- \

Definition of sandhi

: modification of the sound of a morpheme (such as a word or affix) conditioned by syntactic context in which it is uttered (such as pronunciation of -ed as \d\ in glazed and as \t\ in paced or occurrence of a in a cow and of an in an old cow)

First Known Use of sandhi

1806, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for sandhi

Sanskrit saṁdhi, literally, placing together

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sand hill

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“Sandhi.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/sandhi. Accessed 28 Jan. 2022.

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