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1690s, Middle High Indian dialect used in sacred Buddhist writings (the lingua franca of northern India from c. 6c. B.C.E.-2c. B.C.E.), from Sanskrit Pali, from pali bhasa "language of the canonical books," from pali "line, role, canon" + bhasa "language."
town, central Rajasthan state, northwestern India, just north of the Bandi River, a tributary of the Luni. A trade centre in ancient times, Pali is divided into an ancient and modern quarter; it has several historic temples. Now chiefly an agricultural market centre, it is connected by road and rail with Beawar and Jodhpur. Industries include textile and oil mills, cotton printing and dyeing, copper working, and ivory and sandalwood handicrafts. Pali has a hospital and also a college affiliated with the University of Rajasthan. Pop. (1981) town, 91,568.