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.
the aspirated sound indicated by this mark.
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- rouget de lisle,
- rough and ready,
- rough and tumble,
- rough bluegrass,
- rough collie,
- rough cut,
- rough diamond,
- rough endoplasmic reticulum,
- rough fish
Compare smooth breathing.
Origin of rough breathing
1740–50; translation of Latin spiritus asper
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Examples from the Web for rough breathing
Greek accents are often unclear and (apart from rough-breathing marks) have been omitted.A Vindication of the Presbyteriall-Government and Ministry|Ministers and Elders of the London Provinciall Assembly
All other rough-breathing marks have been added by the transcriber.An Essay on the Lyric Poetry of the Ancients|John Ogilvie
(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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