svarabhakti

noun
sva·​ra·​bhak·​ti | \ ˌsf|ärəˈbäktē, ˌsv|, ˌsw|, -ˈbak-, |ərəˈbək-, -ti \
plural -s

Definition of svarabhakti

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: the introduction of a vowel sound in Sanskrit especially between r or l and a following consonant also : a similar phenomenon in other languages

svarabhakti

adjective
variants: or less commonly svarabhaktic \ ¦⸗⸗¦⸗tik \

Definition of svarabhakti (Entry 2 of 2)

: of, relating to, or used in svarabhakti a svarabhakti vowel

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History and Etymology for svarabhakti

Noun

Sanskrit, literally, part of a vowel, from svara sound, vowel (from svarati he sounds, resounds) + bhakti division, portion, from bhajati he grants, allots

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“Svarabhakti.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/svarabhakti. Accessed 26 Feb. 2021.

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