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smooth breathing

noun
  1. a symbol (') used in the writing of Greek to indicate that the initial vowel over which it is placed is unaspirated.
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Origin of smooth breathing

First recorded in 1740–50
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British Dictionary definitions for smooth breathing

smooth breathing

noun
  1. (in Greek) the sign (᾿) placed over an initial vowel, indicating that (in ancient Greek) it was not pronounced with an hCompare rough breathing
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