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sandhi

[ suhn-dee ]
/ ˈsʌn di /
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noun, plural san·dhis.Linguistics.
morphophonemic alternation, especially as determined by phonetic environment, as in dontcha for don't you.
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Origin of sandhi

First recorded in 1800–10, sandhi is from the Sanskrit word saṃdhi joining, juncture
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British Dictionary definitions for sandhi

sandhi
/ (ˈsændɪ) /

noun plural -dhis
linguistics modification of the form or sound of a word under the influence of an adjacent word

Word Origin for sandhi

from Sanskrit samdhi a placing together, from sam together + dadhāti he puts
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