Avestan

[uh-ves-tuh n]
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noun

an ancient East Iranian language of the Indo-European family, the language of all the Avesta but the Gathas.Compare Gathic(def 1).

adjective

of or relating to the Avesta or its language.

Origin of Avestan

First recorded in 1855–60; Avest(a) + -an
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Avestan

Avestic (əˈvɛstɪk)

noun

the oldest recorded language of the Iranian branch of the Indo-European family; the language of the AvestaFormerly called: Zend

adjective

of or relating to the Avesta or its language
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Word Origin and History for avestan

Avestan

Eastern Iranian language that survived in sacred texts centuries after it went extinct, from Persian Avesta "sacred books of the Parsees," earlier Avistak, literally "books."

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