dvandva

dvandva

[dvahn-dvah, dvuhn-dvuh]
noun Grammar.
a compound word neither element of which is subordinate to the other, as bittersweet, Anglo-Saxon.

Origin:
1840–50; < Sanskrit, nasalized reduplication of dva two

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dvandva (ˈdvɑːndvɑː)
 
n
1.  a class of compound words consisting of two elements having a coordinate relationship as if connected by and
2.  a compound word of this type, such as Austro-Hungarian, tragicomic
 
[from Sanskrit dvamdva a pair, from the reduplication of dvatwo]

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