bahuvrihi


bahuvrihi
/bah'hooh vree"hee/, n., pl. bahuvrihis.
Gram. a compound noun or adjective consisting of two constituents, the first of which is adjectival and describes the person or object denoted by the second, which is nominal: the compound as a whole denotes or describes a person or object having what is denoted by the second element, as bonehead, heavy-handed, redcoat.
[1840-50; < Skt: lit., having much rice, equiv. to bahu- much + vrihi rice; used to name the type of compound word of which it is an example]

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