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from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun In Skt. gram., the changing of i and ī to ē, u and ū to ō, ri and to ar, by compounding them with a prefixed â—that is, â + i = ē, and so on. The term is also sometimes used in regard to similar changes in other languages.
  • noun In the Sankhya philos. of India, one of the three constituents of the primal matter out of which the world is evolved. See the extract.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • noun In Sanskrit grammar, a lengthening of the simple vowels a, i, e, by prefixing an a element. The term is sometimes used to denote the same vowel change in other languages.

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  • noun linguistics A lengthening of the simple vowels a, i, e, by prefixing an a element, mainly in Sanskrit.

Etymologies

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From Sanskrit, meaning "quality".

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