Zend

Zend

[zend]
noun
1.
Zoroastrianism. a translation and exposition of the Avesta in Pahlavi.
2.
Archaic. Avestan ( def 1 ).

Origin:
1690–1700; see Zend-Avesta

Zendic, adjective
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Zend (zɛnd)
 
n
1.  a former name for Avestan
2.  short for Zend-Avesta
3.  an exposition of the Avesta in the Middle Persian language (Pahlavi)
 
[C18: from Persian zand commentary, exposition; used specifically of the Middle Persian commentary on the Avesta, hence of the language of the Avesta itself]
 
'Zendic
 
adj

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Zend
1715, "Parsee sacred book" (in full, Zend-Avesta, 1630), from O.Pers. zend, from Pahlavi zand "commentary." First used in ref. to the language of the Zend-Avesta in 1771 by Anquetiel-Duperron (1731-1805).
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