rough breathing

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noun

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.

Nearby words

  1. rouget de lisle,
  2. rough,
  3. rough and ready,
  4. rough and tumble,
  5. rough bluegrass,
  6. rough collie,
  7. rough cut,
  8. rough diamond,
  9. rough endoplasmic reticulum,
  10. rough fish


Origin of rough breathing

1740–50; translation of Latin spiritus asper

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rough breathing

noun

(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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