Anand V Raman
A.Raman at massey.ac.nz
Tue May 4 21:32:49 UTC 1993
Stephen Dubin VMD PhD wrote:
> compounds are exocentric. The word bahuvrihi means "(having) much rice"
> and I was wondering how I could find out whether the word is itself
I am not sure about the connection between bahuvrihi and much-rice. I
would have assumed bahuvrihi to indicate external root or external tree.
Bahu is almost certainly connected to the root bah+ meaning
external or outside and vrihi might have been derived from the root
vrih+ for growing (as in vriksha for tree) Thus bahuvrihi could mean
external-root or external-tree, indicating that the root of the word
is outside it's literal content! Hope this makes sense.
- & (anand v raman)
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