vi·​ra·​ma | \ və̇ˈrämə \
plural -s

Definition of virama

: a mark added to a consonant sign in Devanagari and related alphabets to indicate that the consonant sign stands only for a consonant and not for a combination of consonant plus following vowel

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History and Etymology for virama

Sanskrit virāma, literally, cessation, stop, from viramati he ceases, pauses, from vi- apart, asunder + ramate he stands still, rests

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“Virama.” The Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., Accessed 7 December 2019.

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