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

  • noun 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.

  • noun (Hinduism) a collection of mantras and formulas.

Etymologies

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

[Sanskrit Atharvavedaḥ : atharvā, priest; see āter- in Indo-European roots + vedaḥ, sacred lore, knowledge, Veda; see weid- in Indo-European roots.]

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