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anarthrous (not comparable)
- (linguistics) Not having an article (especially of Greek nouns).
2009, Daniel B. Wallace, Granville Sharp's Canon and Its Kin: Semantics and Significance, ISBN 978-0-8204-3342-4, page 252:
- Proper names are usually anarthrous (since they need no article to be definite), except in cases of anaphora
- (linguistics) Not having a determiner.
2007 May 22, Michael T. Wescoat, “Preposition-determiner contractions: an analysis in optimality-theoretic lexical-functional grammar with lexical sharing”, Proceedings of LFG07, accessed on 2013-10-10:
- Meigret (1888), treats French P-D contractions as simple prepositions governing anarthrous objects. Associating determiners with NP, Abeillé et al. consider the determinerless objects to be instances of N'.
- Nouns indicating status often appear in anarthous noun phrases, ie, as bare nouns.
- (biology, of a limb) Not having joints.
- (biology, of an organism) Not having legs, wings, or other limbs.