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[zend] /zɛnd/
Zoroastrianism. a translation and exposition of the Avesta in Pahlavi.
Archaic. Avestan (def 1).
Origin of Zend
1690-1700; see Zend-Avesta
Related forms
Zendic, adjective Unabridged
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Examples from the Web for Zend
Historical Examples
  • This seems to us in the very teeth of the evidence so carefully brought together by himself in his Zend grammar.

  • So far we may accept Hegel's interpretation of the Zend doctrine.

    Moon Lore Timothy Harley
  • It was a compilation written in an ancient language (the Zend) which the faithful themselves no longer understood.

  • The language is Zend from which the Persian language is derived.

    Modern Persia Mooshie G. Daniel
  • Our remaining fragments of the Zend Avesta say nothing of the periods of three thousand years' duration.

    Ten Great Religions James Freeman Clarke
  • Nevertheless, the great majority of modern Persian words are Zend.

    Man and His Migrations R. G. (Robert Gordon) Latham
  • I say, Phœbe, I have a great curiosity to understand the Zend.

    Hopes and Fears Charlotte M. Yonge
  • The Zend language is known to us chiefly by the "Zendavesta."

    The Progress of Ethnology John Russell Bartlett
  • To the Zend word kerepa corresponds the Sanskṛit kṛivas (the name of a warlike ṛishis and hero), that is, he of the lean horse.

  • Then, in a series of dissertations of his own, he vindicated the authenticity of the Zend books.

British Dictionary definitions for Zend


a former name for Avestan
short for Zend-Avesta
an exposition of the Avesta in the Middle Persian language (Pahlavi)
Derived Forms
Zendic, adjective
Word Origin
C18: from Persian zand commentary, exposition; used specifically of the Middle Persian commentary on the Avesta, hence of the language of the Avesta itself
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Word Origin and History for Zend

1715, "Parsee sacred book" (in full, Zend-Avesta, 1620s), from Old Persian zend, from Pahlavi zand "commentary." First used in reference to the language of the Zend-Avesta in 1771 by Anquetiel-Duperron (1731-1805).

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