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pada

[ pah-duh ]
/ ˈpɑ də /
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noun

a unit of Sanskrit or Vedic poetic meter, a series of light and heavy syllables, usually one quarter of a four-line stanza.

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Origin of pada

First recorded in 1855–65; from Sanskrit pāda “foot, quarter” (i.e. a foot of a quadruped)
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