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Purana

[poo-rah-nuh] /pʊˈrɑ nə/
noun
1.
any of 18 collections of Hindu legends and religious instructions.
Origin
1690-1700
1690-1700; < Sanskrit: of old
Related forms
Puranic, adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for puranic

Purana

/pʊˈrɑːnə/
noun
1.
any of a class of Sanskrit writings not included in the Vedas, characteristically recounting the birth and deeds of Hindu gods and the creation, destruction, or recreation of the universe
Derived Forms
Puranic, adjective
Word Origin
C17: from Sanskrit: ancient, from purā formerly
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Word Origin and History for puranic

Purana

ancient Sanskrit writings of a legendary character, 1690s, from Sanskrit puranah, literally "ancient, former," from pura "formerly, before," cognate with Greek paros "before," pro "before," Avestan paro "before," Old English fore, from PIE *pre-, from root *per- (1) "forward, through" (see per). Related: Puranic.

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