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pali

[ pah-lee ]
/ ˈpɑ li /
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noun

(in Hawaii) a steep slope or cliff.

Nearby words

paley, paley, william, palfrey, palgrave, palgrave, francis turner, pali, pali canon, palikar, palikinesia, palikir, palila

Origin of pali

From Hawaiian

Definition for pali (2 of 2)

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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British Dictionary definitions for pali

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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Word Origin and History for pali

Pali


1690s, Middle High Indian dialect used in sacred Buddhist writings (the lingua franca of northern India from c. 6c. B.C.E.-2c. B.C.E.), from Sanskrit Pali, from pali bhasa "language of the canonical books," from pali "line, role, canon" + bhasa "language."

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