from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. a statement (propounded by the German philologist Jacob Grimm) of certain regular changes which the primitive Indo-European mute consonants, so-called (most plainly seen in Sanskrit and, with some changes, in Greek and Latin), have undergone in the Teutonic languages. Examples: Skr. bhātṛ, L. frater, E. brother, G. bruder; L. tres, E. three, G. drei, Skr. go, E. cow, G. kuh; Skr. dhā to put, Gr. ti-qe`-nai, E. do, OHG, tuon, G. thun. See also lautverschiebung.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. See law.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. a sound law relating German consonants and consonants in other Indo-European languages


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