(in Hindu aesthetics) flavor, sentiment, or emotion: regarded as one of the fundamental qualities of classical music, dance, and poetry.

1790–1800; < Sanskrit rasa sap, fluid, essence

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[rah-sawn; English ras-on]
noun, plural rasa [rah-sah; English ras-uh] . Greek Orthodox Church.
a long, loose, black gown with wide sleeves, worn by the clergy.

1930–35; < Medieval Greek rháson a woolen cloth

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in Sanskrit literature, the concept of aesthetic flavour, or an essential element of any work of art that can only be suggested, not described. It is a kind of contemplative abstraction in which the inwardness of human feelings suffuses the surrounding world of embodied forms

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The trouble of course is that things are never a blank slate, a tabular rasa.
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