From Sanskrit वृद्धि (vṛddhi, “growth, increase”).
vrddhi (uncountable) (linguistics) The strongest ablaut-grade in a series of vowels alternations in certain Indo-European languages, most notably Sanskrit, as well as in Proto-Indo-European. 2004, Benjamin Fortson, Indo-European Language and Culture, Blackwell 2004, p. 117: Sometimes a vrddhi-derivative was formed from a zero-grade and involved the insertion of the full-grade vowel in the “wrong” place. In Sanskrit grammar terminology, a technical term for a group of long vowels.
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