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noun Zoroastrianism.
  1. the Avesta together with the Zend.
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Origin of Zend-Avesta

From the Pahlavi word avastāk-u-zend the text and its interpretation
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Examples from the Web for zend-avesta

Historical Examples

  • This is a short specimen of the earliest portion of the Zend-Avesta.

    Chips From A German Workshop - Volume I

    Friedrich Max Mller

  • Sadda, the name given to a Persian epitome of the Zend-Avesta.

    The Nuttall Encyclopaedia

    Edited by Rev. James Wood

  • What we know about the religion of Persia is chiefly derived from the Zend-Avesta.

  • Description of Zoroaster's legislation, and of the magian national religion, according to the Zend-avesta.

    A Manual of Ancient History

    A. H. L. (Arnold Hermann Ludwig) Heeren

  • An excellent work for the study of the Zend-avesta, the magian religion, and the antiquities of the Medes and Persians.

    A Manual of Ancient History

    A. H. L. (Arnold Hermann Ludwig) Heeren

British Dictionary definitions for zend-avesta


  1. the Avesta together with the traditional interpretative commentary known as the Zend, esp as preserved in the Avestan language among the Parsees
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Derived FormsZend-Avestaic (ˌzɛndəvɛsˈteɪɪk), adjective

Word Origin

from Avestan, representing Avesta'-va-zend Avesta with interpretation
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