Avestan

Avestan

[uh-ves-tuhn]
noun
1.
an ancient East Iranian language of the Indo-European family, the language of all the Avesta but the Gathas. Compare Gathic ( def 1 ).
adjective
2.
of or pertaining to the Avesta or its language.

Origin:
1855–60; Avest(a) + -an

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Avestan or Avestic (əˈvɛstən, əˈvɛstɪk)
 
n
1.  Formerly called: Zend the oldest recorded language of the Iranian branch of the Indo-European family; the language of the Avesta
 
adj
2.  of or relating to the Avesta or its language
 
Avestic or Avestic
 
n
 
adj

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Avestan
Eastern Iranian language that survived in sacred texts centuries after it went extinct, from Persian Avesta "sacred books of the Parsees," earlier Avistak, lit. "books."
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