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Zend

[zend] /zɛnd/
noun
1.
Zoroastrianism. a translation and exposition of the Avesta in Pahlavi.
2.
Archaic. Avestan (def 1).
Origin
1690-1700
1690-1700; see Zend-Avesta
Related forms
Zendic, adjective
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Zend

/zɛnd/
noun
1.
a former name for Avestan
2.
short for Zend-Avesta
3.
an exposition of the Avesta in the Middle Persian language (Pahlavi)
Derived Forms
Zendic, adjective
Word Origin
C18: from Persian zand commentary, exposition; used specifically of the Middle Persian commentary on the Avesta, hence of the language of the Avesta itself
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Zend

1715, "Parsee sacred book" (in full, Zend-Avesta, 1620s), from Old Persian zend, from Pahlavi zand "commentary." First used in reference to the language of the Zend-Avesta in 1771 by Anquetiel-Duperron (1731-1805).

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