American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- n. A compound word functioning as an adjective whose last element is in origin a noun. For example, in the phrase high-fiber diet, the compound high-fiber is a bahuvrihi modifying diet that ends in the noun fiber.
- From Sanskrit बहुव्रीहि (bahú-vrīhi, "much rice"), itself a bahuvrihi from बहु (bahu, "much") and व्रीहि (vrīhi, "rice"), referring neither to much nor to rice, but to a person who has much rice, i.e. a rich man, one who has "much rice". (Wiktionary)
- Sanskrit bahuvrīhiḥ, having much rice (an example of the type) : bahu-, much + vrīhiḥ, rice. (American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
“Other details of Time's style, including strung-out attributive adjectives (bahuvrihi, to linguists), puns (paronomasia), and inverted word order (anastrophe) are also described in the Introduction, which one could only wish were more detailed.”
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