pali


pali

noun

  1. (in Hawaii) a steep slope or cliff.

noun

  1. the Prakrit language of the Buddhist scriptures.

noun

  1. an ancient language of India derived from Sanskrit; the language of the Buddhist scriptures

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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