Definitions

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  • n. A diacritic used in most writing systems of the Indian subcontinent to signify the lack of an inherent vowel.
  • n. A sign which serves the same purpose in any writing system.

Etymologies

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From Sanskrit विराम (virāma) to stop

Examples

  • In addition, a few other diacritics are used at the end of words, such as the dots illustrated below and the diagonal line, called virama, drawn under the last letter of a word if it is a consonant.

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