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

  • n. The Avesta.

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  • proper n. A version of the Avesta that includes interpretation and commentary.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. The sacred writings of the ancient Persian religion, attributed to Zoroaster, but chiefly of a later date.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. The sacred scriptures of the Zoroastrian religion, ascribed to Zoroaster, and consisting of the Vendidad, the Yasna (including the Gāthās), the Yashts, and a few other pieces. Compare Zend.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. a collection of Zoroastrian texts gathered during the 4th or 6th centuries

Etymologies

French, from Persian zandavastā, from transposition of Avestā-va-zend, text and commentary, from Pahlavi Abestāg u zand : abestāg, text (sense uncertain, possibly from Avestan *upastāvaka-, praise, from upastaoiti, he praises : upa-, up to, at; + staoiti, he praises) + u, with + zand, explanation (from Avestan zainti-, knowledge, interpretation).
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)

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