Etymology and meaning of bhAv in NIA languages

H.B.Dave hbd at DDIT.ERNET.IN
Thu Jun 1 10:16:47 UTC 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."?

In Gujarati (not Gujerati) bhAv also means "emotion", "liking", "feeling",
depending upon the context;
In Marathi also (as far as I know) similar usage is there .

Hope this helps.
-- Himanshu

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