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[bah-hoo-vree-hee] /ˌbɑ huˈvri hi/
noun, plural bahuvrihis.
Grammar. 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.
Origin of bahuvrihi
1840-50; < Sanskrit: literally, having much rice, equivalent to bahu- much + vrīhi rice; used to name the type of compound word of which it is an example Unabridged
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British Dictionary definitions for bahuvrihi


noun (linguistics)
a class of compound words consisting of two elements the first of which is a specific feature of the second
a compound word of this type, such as hunchback, bluebell, highbrow
Word Origin
C19: from Sanskrit bahuvrīhi, itself this type of compound, from bahu much + vrīh rice
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