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1162. Suffix forms a comparatively small body

नु nu. This suffix forms a comparatively small body of words, generally masculine, and having both the abstract and the concrete value.

a. The accent is usually on the ending, and the root unstrengthened.

b. Thus: kṣepnú jerkbhānú light (later sun), vagnú soundsūnú sondā́nu (with irregular accent) m. f. demon, n. drop, dew; — dhenú f. cow; — gṛdhnú hastytapnú burning,trasnu fearfuldhṛṣṇú bold; — and víṣṇu Vishnu, and perhaps sthāṇú pillar. Compare also suffix tnu, 1196 a.

c. This also (like tu) appears sometimes with a prefixed a: thus, kṣipaṇú missilekrandanú and nadanú roaringnabhanú (and -nū́, f.) fountainvibhañjanú (only instance with prefix) breaking to pieces; and perhaps the proper names dāsanu and kṛçā́nu belong here.