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from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. One of the four Vedas, consisting mostly of spells of black and white magic.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. a collection of mantras and formulas.

Etymologies

Sanskrit Atharvavedaḥ : atharvā, priest; see āter- in Indo-European roots + vedaḥ, sacred lore, knowledge, Veda.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)

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