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or A·thar·va·ve·da  (ə-tär′və-vā′də, -vē′-)
One of the four Vedas, consisting mostly of spells of black and white magic.

[Sanskrit Atharvavedaḥ : atharvā, priest; see āter- in Indo-European roots + vedaḥ, sacred lore, knowledge, Veda; see weid- in Indo-European roots.]
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(Other Non-Christian Religious Writings) Hinduism the fourth and latest Veda, largely consisting of priestly spells and incantations
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