Etymology and meaning of bhAv in NIA languages

Madhav Deshpande mmdesh at UMICH.EDU
Thu Jun 1 10:17:31 UTC 2000

The word "bhAv(a)" does mean price or value in Marathi, but it also
retains an older meaning of feeling/devotion (eg. bhaava taisaa deva, "God
responds according to the devotee's devotion), and it also has a meeaning
of pride in expressions like "bhaav".  Best,
                                        Madhav Deshpande

On Wed, 31 May 2000, Harry Spier wrote:

> Dear list members,
> A friend of mine has asked me to check the etymology and meaning of "bhAv"
> in modern Indian languages.
> 1) Turner in entry 9475 in CDIAL (bhAva) uses the spelling "bhAv" for
> Marathi and Gujerati but uses the spelling "bhAu" for Hindi, Panjabi, Sindi,
> Nepali.  Are "bhAu" and "bhAv" alternate spellings for the same word in
> Hindi (or any of the other modern Indian languages Turner lists)?
> 2) Turner gives meanings of "price" or "market rate" for NIA languages
> "bhAu" or "bhAv". Do any modern Indian languages have a meaning for "bhAv"
> similar to "State of being or way of thinking or feeling etc."?
> Many thanks in advance,
> Harry Spier
> 371 Brickman Rd.
> Hurleyville, New York
> USA 12747
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