Zoroastrian

Zoroastrian

[zawr-oh-as-tree-uhn, zohr-]
adjective
1.
of or pertaining to Zoroaster or to Zoroastrianism.
noun
2.
one of the adherents of Zoroastrianism.

Origin:
1735–45; < Latin Zōroastr(ēs) (< Greek Zōroástrēs < Avestan zaraθuštra Zarathustra) + -ian

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Zoroastrian (ˌzɒrəʊˈæstrɪən)
 
adj
1.  of or relating to Zoroastrianism or Zoroaster
 
n
2.  a follower of Zoroaster or adherent of Zoroastrianism: in modern times a Gabar or a Parsee

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Zoroastrian
1743, from Zoroaster, from L. Zoroastres, from O.Pers. Zarathushtra, 6c. or 7c. B.C.E. Pers. religious teacher. The name appears to be lit. "whose camels are old," from *zarant "old" (cognate with Gk. geron, gen. gerontos "old") + ushtra "camel."
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