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Mandaean

[man-dee-uh n] /mænˈdi ən/
noun
1.
a member of an ancient Gnostic sect extant in Iraq.
2.
the Aramaic language of the Mandaean sacred books.
adjective
3.
of or pertaining to the Mandaeans.
Also, Mandean.
Origin
1870-1875
1870-75; < Mandaean mandayy(ā) Gnostics (literally, the knowing ones) + -an
Related forms
Mandaeanism, noun
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British Dictionary definitions for Mandaean

Mandaean

/mænˈdɪən/
noun
1.
a member of a Gnostic sect of Iraq
2.
the form of Aramaic used by this sect
adjective
3.
of or relating to this sect
Derived Forms
Mandaeanism, Mandeanism, noun
Word Origin
C19: from Aramaic mandaya Gnostics, from mandā knowledge
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