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

  • noun 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.

from The Century Dictionary.

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

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • noun The more ancient of the two great epic poems in Sanskrit. The hero and heroine are Rama and his wife Sita.

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

  • proper noun One of the ancient Sanskrit epic of Hindu mythology about the incarnation of Vishnu, the Rāma.

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

  • noun 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

Etymologies

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

[Sanskrit Rāmāyaṇam, the going of Rama : Rāmaḥ, Rama + ayanam, a going, way (from eti, ay-, he goes; see ei- in Indo-European roots).]

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