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jati

[jah-tee] /ˈdʒɑ ti/
noun, Hinduism.
1.
caste (def 2).
Compare varna.
Origin
< Sanskrit jāti
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  • In other words, they're a genetically distinct jati.
Contemporary definitions for jati
noun

a Hindu caste system; also, any of the subcastes of this system

Word Origin

Sanskrit 'birth'

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jat

caste, in Hindu society. The term is derived from the Sanskrit jata, "born" or "brought into existence," and indicates a form of existence determined by birth. In Indian philosophy jati (genus) describes any group of things that have generic characteristics in common. Sociologically, jati has come to be used universally to indicate a caste group among Hindus

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