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Veda

[vey-duh, vee-] /ˈveɪ də, ˈvi-/
noun, Hinduism.
1.
Sometimes, Vedas. the entire body of Hindu sacred writings, chief among which are four books, the Rig-Veda, the Sama-Veda, the Atharva-Veda, and the Yajur-Veda.
2.
Also called Samhita. each of these four books.
3.
Vedas, these four books, along with the Brahmanas and Upanishads.
Origin
< Sanskrit
Related forms
Vedaic
[vi-dey-ik] /vɪˈdeɪ ɪk/ (Show IPA),
adjective
Vedaism
[vey-duh-iz-uh m, vee-] /ˈveɪ dəˌɪz əm, ˈvi-/ (Show IPA),
noun
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British Dictionary definitions for Veda

Veda

/ˈveɪdə/
noun
1.
any or all of the most ancient sacred writings of Hinduism, esp the Rig-Veda, Yajur-Veda, Sama-Veda, and Atharva-Veda
Derived Forms
Vedaic (vɪˈdeɪɪk) adjective
Vedaism (ˈveɪdəˌɪzəm) noun
Word Origin
C18: from Sanskrit: knowledge; related to veda I know
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Word Origin and History for Veda
n.

ancient sacred Hindu book, 1734, from Sanskrit veda "knowledge, sacred book," from root vid- "to know," from PIE root *weid- "to see" (related to wit, and to Avestan vaeda "I know," Latin videre "to see;" see vision (n.)). The books are the Rig-, Yajur-, Sama-, and Atharva-veda.

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