pali

[ pah-lee ]
/ ˈpɑ li /

noun

(in Hawaii) a steep slope or cliff.

Origin of pali

From Hawaiian

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Pali
[ pah-lee ]
/ ˈpɑ li /

noun

the Prakrit language of the Buddhist scriptures.

Origin of Pali

1685–95; short for Sanskrit pāli-bhāsa language of the canonical texts, equivalent to pāli line, row, canon + bhāsa language
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Pali
/ (ˈpɑːlɪ) /

noun

an ancient language of India derived from Sanskrit; the language of the Buddhist scriptures

Word Origin for Pali

C19: from Sanskrit pāli-bhāsa, from pāli canon + bhāsa language, of Dravidian origin
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