from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • noun The Avesta.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun 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 the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

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

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

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

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

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


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

[French, from Persian zandavastā, from transposition of Avestā-va-zend, text and commentary, from Middle Persian Abestāg u zand : abestāg, text (sense uncertain, possibly from Avestan *upastāvaka-, praise, from upastaoiti, he praises : upa-, up to, at; see upo in Indo-European roots + staoiti, he praises) + u, with + zand, explanation (from Avestan zainti-, knowledge, interpretation; see gnō- in Indo-European roots).]


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