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[rig-vey-duh, -vee-duh] /rɪgˈveɪ də, -ˈvi də/
noun, Hinduism.
one of the Vedas, a collection of 1028 hymns, dating from not later than the second millennium b.c.
Compare Veda.
Origin of Rig-Veda
< Sanskrit ṛgveda
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[rig-vey-dik, -vee-] /rɪgˈveɪ dɪk, -ˈvi-/ (Show IPA),
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British Dictionary definitions for rig veda


/rɪɡˈveɪdə; -ˈviːdə/
a compilation of 1028 Hindu poems dating from 2000 bc or earlier
Word Origin
C18: from Sanskrit rigveda, from ric song of praise + Veda
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Word Origin and History for rig veda

Rig veda

1776, from Sanskrit rigveda, from rg- "praise, hymn, spoken stanza," literally "brightness," from PIE *erkw- "to radiate, beam; praise" + veda "knowledge," from PIE *weid-o-, from root *weid- "to know, see" (see vision (n.)). A thousand hymns, orally transmitted, probably dating from before 1000 B.C.E. Related: Rig-vedic.

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