Definition of Avestan in English:


Line breaks: Aves|tan
Pronunciation: /əˈvɛst(ə)n


  • Relating to the Avesta or to the ancient Iranian language in which it is written, closely related to Vedic Sanskrit.
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    • Fire worship was central to the Aryans and to their Vedic and Avestan expressions, as was the tradition of the holy drink - the Vedic soma and the Avestan haoma.


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  • The Avestan language.
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    • This blog post cites this paper in support of a particular theory of historical change from Avestan to Modern Persian.
    • Born at Liège, he entered the University there before moving to Louvain to study Sanskrit, Pli, and Avestan.
    • Old Persian and its close sister Avestan, what we have of ‘Iranian Part One’ in any real way, are early Indo-European, bristling with inflectional paradigms that barely look acquirable.

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