virama

noun vi·ra·ma \və̇ˈrämə\

Definition of virama

plural

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  1. :  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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Origin and Etymology of virama

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


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