bahuvrihi

[ bah-hoo-vree-hee ]
/ ˌbɑ huˈvri hi /

noun, plural ba·hu·vri·his.

Grammar. a compound noun or adjective consisting of two constituents, the first of which is adjectival and describes the person or object denoted by the second, which is nominal: the compound as a whole denotes or describes a person or object having what is denoted by the second element, as bonehead, heavy-handed, redcoat.

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Origin of bahuvrihi

1840–50; <Sanskrit: literally, having much rice, equivalent to bahu- much + vrīhi rice; used to name the type of compound word of which it is an example

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British Dictionary definitions for bahuvrihi

bahuvrihi
/ (ˌbɑːhuːˈvriːhiː) /

noun linguistics

a class of compound words consisting of two elements the first of which is a specific feature of the second
a compound word of this type, such as hunchback, bluebell, highbrow

Word Origin for bahuvrihi

C19: from Sanskrit bahuvrīhi, itself this type of compound, from bahu much + vrīh rice
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