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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.


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 h Compare smooth breathing


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Word History and Origins

Origin of rough breathing1

1740–50; translation of Latin spiritus asper
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Example Sentences

Greek accents have been omitted though rough-breathing marks have been retained.

Greek accents are often unclear and (apart from rough-breathing marks) have been omitted.

Unmistakably the rough breathing of a man was mingled with the softer murmur of a woman.

It is represented in Greek by the rough breathing, and in turn it represents that breathing.

Bokol or bookol, to stir; h or ah, to indicate the rough breathing which in Maya denotes the masculine gender.

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