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

  • n. A Sanskrit epic principally concerning the dynastic struggle and civil war between the Pandavas and the Kauravas in the kingdom of Kurukshetra about the 9th century B.C., and containing the text of the Bhagavad-Gita, numerous subplots, and interpolations on theology, morals, and statecraft.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • proper n. A Sanskrit epic concerning some text of Bhagavad Gita plus elaborations on theology and morality.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. The name of one of the two great epic poems of ancient India, the other being the Ramayana.

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

  • n. (Hinduism) a sacred epic Sanskrit poem of India dealing in many episodes with the struggle between two rival families


Sanskrit Mahābhāratam, great (telling) of the Bharatas : mahā-, great; see meg- in Indo-European roots + Bhāratam, of the Bharatas, descendants of the legendary Indian king Bharata.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Sanskrit महाभारत (Mahābhārata). (Wiktionary)



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