Thanks to the Prime Minister of India, Mr. Modi, I know the answer.
The PM was recently talking about the virus mutating.
“This virus is famous for changing itself through mutations. It is like a bahurupia (shape-shifter) and clever as well.”
Let’s analyse this interesting word, shall we? And PLEASE, if I have misunderstood the etymology of the word, PLEASE correct me.
I think “bahu” must come from “bahut” = a lot, many.
“Rupia” is from “roop” appearance, form, look.
So many + form = shapeshifter.
Or, as you can also spell it 😛 😛
For my non Hindi-reading readers this latter word is simply “shape-shifter” phonetically transliterated into Hindi.
My kinda Hindi, I always declare, whenever I come across delicious literal translations like this 🙂
Fascinatingly, while researching this word, I discovered that “bahurupia” is also a dying art form of impressionism.
You live and you learn.
Thanks to Mr. Modi, I am slowly shape-shifting myself into a better Hindi speaker.