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Webster 1913 Edition


Zend

Zend

,
Noun.
[See
Zend-Avesta
.]
Properly, the translation and exposition in the Huzvâresh, or literary Pehlevi, language, of the Avesta, the Zoroastrian sacred writings; as commonly used, the language (an ancient Persian dialect) in which the Avesta is written.

Webster 1828 Edition


Zend

ZEND

,
Noun.
A language that formerly prevailed in Persia.

Definition 2021


Zend

Zend

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Zend

  1. Exegetical glosses, paraphrases, commentaries and translations of the Avesta's texts.
    • 1984, Mary Boyce, Textual Sources for the Study of Zoroastrianism, Manchester UP, page 3:
      Zand or 'Interpretation' is a term for the exegesis of Avestan texts through glosses, commentaries and translations.
  2. (obsolete, erroneous, in the 18th and 19th centuries) The Avestan language.
    • 1878, Martin Haug, Essays on the Sacred Language, Writings, and Religion of the Parsis. Trübner, page 115:
      As to grammatical forms, the Gâtha dialect shows not a few deviations from the current Zend language.
    • 1819, William Erskine, "On the Sacred Books and Religion of the Parsis", Trans. of the Lit. Soc. of Bombay II, 1820, page 312:
      [The Avesta] is the only work known to be written in the Zend language.
    • 1867, William Dwight Whitney, Language and the Study of Language, Trübner, page 222:
      The dialect in which these writings are composed goes usually by the name of the Zend ; it is also styled the Avestan, and sometimes the Old Bactrian, from the country Bactria, the north-easternmost region of the great Iranian territory, which is supposed to have been its specific locality.

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zend

zend

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Adjective

zend m (feminine singular zende, masculine plural zends, feminine plural zendes)

  1. Avestan