rough-breathing

rough breathing

noun
1.
the symbol (ʿ) used in the writing of Greek to indicate aspiration of the initial vowel or of the ρ (rho) over which it is placed.
2.
the aspirated sound indicated by this mark.


Origin:
1740–50; translation of Latin spiritus asper

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rough breathing
 
n
Compare smooth breathing (in Greek) the sign () placed over an initial letter, or a second letter if the word begins with a diphthong, indicating that (in ancient Greek) it was pronounced with an h

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