head: the most important element in a phrase or other complex structure, whose basic characteristics (general meaning, syntactic class) are retained in the complex structure as a whole. Noun phrases (or nominal phrases) are headed by a noun, verb phrases and clauses are headed by a verb, adjective phrases by an adjective, and so forth. Contrast complement, modifier. [Spanish: cabeza]
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