bahuvrihi definition

  • noun:
    • A compound word working as an adjective whose final element is within beginning a noun. For example, in the phrase high-fiber diet, the element high-fiber is a bahuvrihi modifying diet that leads to the noun fibre.
    • a kind of nominal mixture in which the first part modifies the 2nd and neither component can be used alone while keeping the desired meaning. Examples include redcoat, bluestocking and lowlife.

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