svarabhakti

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Etymology[edit]

From Sanskrit स्वरभक्ति (svára-bhakti, vowel separation), a compound of स्वर (svára, vowel) and भक्ति (bhaktí, separation).

Noun[edit]

svarabhakti (plural svarabhaktis)

  1. Epenthesis of a vowel, as in the football chant Engerland for England.

Usage notes[edit]

Originally used in Sanskrit grammar terminology for vowels phonetically inserted between /r/ or /l/ and a following consonant, but nowadays also applied to other languages.

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