Zend

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noun

Zoroastrianism. a translation and exposition of the Avesta in Pahlavi.
Archaic. Avestan(def 1).

Origin of Zend

First recorded in 1690–1700; see origin at Zend-Avesta

Related formsZend·ic, adjective

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British Dictionary definitions for zend

Zend

noun

a former name for Avestan
short for Zend-Avesta
an exposition of the Avesta in the Middle Persian language (Pahlavi)
Derived FormsZendic, adjective

Word Origin for Zend

C18: from Persian zand commentary, exposition; used specifically of the Middle Persian commentary on the Avesta, hence of the language of the Avesta itself

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Word Origin and History for zend

Zend

1715, "Parsee sacred book" (in full, Zend-Avesta, 1620s), from Old Persian zend, from Pahlavi zand "commentary." First used in reference to the language of the Zend-Avesta in 1771 by Anquetiel-Duperron (1731-1805).

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