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

  • In Zoroastrian tradition, the Iranian prophet who founded Zoroastrianism. The Avesta describes his reception of a revelation from Ahura Mazda and other events in his life, traditionally dated to the 6th century BC.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun In zoology, a genus of starfishes, giving name to the Zoroasteridæ, and containing such species as Z. fulgens, of the North Atlantic.

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  • proper noun The prophet of the ancient Iranian religion Zoroastrianism
  • proper noun Pseudepigraphic name used by various Greek and Latin authors of late antiquity to lend their opinions weight
  • proper noun Ostensible source/founder of Mithraism, the "mysteries" of the Roman Mysteriae Mithrae ("Mysteries of Mithras", "Mithraic Mysteries"), an astrology-centric, middle-platonic mystery cult of the 1st-4th century Roman Empire whose adherents worshiped in "caves" (i.e. Mithraea) in imitation of "Zoroaster". (Porphyry, De Antro Nympharum 6)

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  • noun Persian prophet who founded Zoroastrianism (circa 628-551 BC)

Etymologies

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From Ancient Greek Ζωροάστρης (Zōroastrēs), from Avestan 𐬰𐬀𐬭𐬀𐬚𐬎𐬱𐬙𐬭𐬋 (Zaraθuštrō).

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