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panchayat

[puh n-chah-yuh t] /pənˈtʃɑ yət/
noun
1.
an elective village council in India.
Origin
1880-1885
1880-85; < Hindi pañcāyat
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Panchayat

/pənˈtʃɑːjət/
noun
1.
a village council in India
Word Origin
Hindi, from Sanskrit panch five, because such councils originally consisted of five members
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