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pali

[pah-lee] /ˈpɑ li/
noun
1.
(in Hawaii) a steep slope or cliff.
Origin of pali
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Pali

[pah-lee] /ˈpɑ li/
noun
1.
the Prakrit language of the Buddhist scriptures.
Origin
1685-95; short for Sanskrit pāli-bhāsa language of the canonical texts, equivalent to pāli line, row, canon + bhāsa language
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Pali

/ˈpɑːlɪ/
noun
1.
an ancient language of India derived from Sanskrit; the language of the Buddhist scriptures
Word Origin
C19: from Sanskrit pāli-bhāsa, from pāli canon + bhāsa language, of Dravidian origin
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Pali

1690s, Middle High Indian dialect used in sacred Buddhist writings (the lingua franca of northern India from c. 6c. B.C.E.-2c. B.C.E.), from Sanskrit Pali, from pali bhasa "language of the canonical books," from pali "line, role, canon" + bhasa "language."

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