first consonant shift


noun

the consonant shift described by Grimm's law, which distinguishes Germanic languages from other Indo-European languages.

Nearby words

  1. first chamber,
  2. first class,
  3. first classman,
  4. first come, first served,
  5. first commandment,
  6. first cousin,
  7. first cranial nerve,
  8. first cuneiform bone,
  9. first dark,
  10. first day


Origin of first consonant shift

First recorded in 1930–35

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