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1291. One or two exceptional cases

One or two exceptional cases may be noted, as follows:

a. An adjective is sometimes preceded by a noun standing toward it in a quasi-adverbial relation expressive of comparison or likeness: e. g. çúkababhru (VS.) parrot-brownū́rṇāmṛdu(TB.) soft as woolprāṇapriya dear as lifekuçeçayarajomṛdu soft as lotus-pollenbakālīna hidden like a heronmattamātan̄gagāmin moving like a maddened elephant.

b. An adjective is now and then qualified by another adjective: e. g. kṛṣṇāita dark-graydhūmrárohita grayish red: and compare the adjectives of intermediate direction, 1257 c.

c. The adjective pūrva is in the later language frequently used as final member of a compound in which its logical value is that of an adverb qualifying the other member (which is said to retain its own accent). Thus, dṛṣṭapūrva previously seenpariṇītapūrva already marriedaparijñātapūrva not before knownsomapītapūrva having formerly drunk soma,strīpūrva formerly a woman.