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dvandva

[ dvahn-dvah, dvuhn-dvuh ]
/ ˈdvɑn dvɑ, ˈdvʌn dvə /
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noun Grammar.
a compound word neither element of which is subordinate to the other, as bittersweet, Anglo-Saxon.
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Origin of dvandva

1840–50; <Sanskrit, nasalized reduplication of dvatwo

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British Dictionary definitions for dvandva

dvandva
/ (ˈdvɑːndvɑː) /

noun
a class of compound words consisting of two elements having a coordinate relationship as if connected by and
a compound word of this type, such as Austro-Hungarian, tragicomic

Word Origin for dvandva

from Sanskrit dvamdva a pair, from the reduplication of dva two
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