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Pali (n.)

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.), 1690s, from Sanskrit Pali, from pali bhasa "language of the canonical books," from pali "line; canon" + bhasa "language."

updated on December 16, 2019

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Definitions of Pali from WordNet

Pali (n.)
an ancient Prakrit language (derived from Sanskrit) that is the scriptural and liturgical language of Theravada Buddhism;
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