Meaning of bahuvrihi

ba•hu•vri•hi

Pronunciation: (bä"h-vrē'hē), [key]
— pl. -his.
  1. a compound noun or adjective consisting of two constituents, the first of which is adjectival and describes the person or object denoted by the second, which is nominal: the compound as a whole denotes or describes a person or object having what is denoted by the second element, as bonehead, heavy-handed, redcoat.
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