from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. A Sanskrit epic, traditionally attributed to Valmiki, that concerns the banishment of Rama from his kingdom, the abduction of his wife Sita by a demon and her rescue, and Rama's eventual restoration to the throne.
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- proper n. One of the ancient Sanskrit epic of Hindu mythology about the incarnation of Vishnu, the Rāma.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. The more ancient of the two great epic poems in Sanskrit. The hero and heroine are Rama and his wife Sita.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. The name of one of the two great, epic poems of ancient India, the other being the Mahabharata.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. one of two classical Hindu epics telling of the banishment of Rama from his kingdom and the abduction of his wife by a demon and Rama's restoration to the throne
Sanskrit Rāmāyaṇam, the going of Rama : Rāmaḥ, Rama + ayanam, a going, way (from eti, ay-, he goes; see ei- in Indo-European roots).(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)