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[dvahn-dvah, dvuhn-dvuh]
noun Grammar.
  1. 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 dva two
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British Dictionary definitions for dvandva


  1. a class of compound words consisting of two elements having a coordinate relationship as if connected by and
  2. a compound word of this type, such as Austro-Hungarian, tragicomic
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Word Origin for dvandva

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