rough breathing

noun
  1. the symbol (ʿ) used in the writing of Greek to indicate aspiration of the initial vowel or of the ρ (rho) over which it is placed.
  2. the aspirated sound indicated by this mark.

Origin of rough breathing

1740–50; translation of Latin spiritus asper
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rough breathing

noun
  1. (in Greek) the sign (῾) placed over an initial letter, or a second letter if the word begins with a diphthong, indicating that (in ancient Greek) it was pronounced with an hCompare smooth breathing
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