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The eastern dialect of Old Iranian, in which the Avesta is written.
1. Of or relating to Avestan.
2. Or or relating to the Avesta.
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(Languages) the oldest recorded language of the Iranian branch of the Indo-European family; the language of the Avesta. Formerly called: Zend
1. (Other Non-Christian Religious Writings) of or relating to the Avesta or its language
2. (Languages) of or relating to the Avesta or its language
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(əˈvɛs tən)

1. the ancient Iranian language in which the Avesta is written.
2. pertaining to the Avesta.
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Noun1.Avestan - an ancient Iranian language
Iranian language, Iranian - the modern Persian language spoken in Iran
2.Avestan - the script in which the ancient Persian language of the Avesta is written
script - a particular orthography or writing system
Adj.1.Avestan - of or pertaining to the Avesta (sacred text of Zoroastrianism)Avestan - of or pertaining to the Avesta (sacred text of Zoroastrianism)
Mazdaism, Zoroastrianism - system of religion founded in Persia in the 6th century BC by Zoroaster; set forth in the Zend-Avesta; based on concept of struggle between light (good) and dark (evil)
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The Manichean Middle Persian adjective fryh, pryh, pryy, Parthian fryh, pry, was, in my opinion, probably fri or friy from Old Persian *friya-, Avestan friia-, and the superlative friyistom (fristom) and frihistom.
Termed as National project on Avestan Studies, the proposal is currently under consideration with the ministry.
Zend, also known as Avestan, is an ancient Persian language most closely associated with Zoroastrianism, related to the Old Persian of the Behistun inscription, and more closely related to Vedic Sanskrit.
It comes in the Old Persian and Avestan as baga, that means 'distributor of good fortune'.
Toronto, Canada, January 19, 2014 --(PR.com)-- Launched in January 2014, Avestan is pleased to announce that it is providing comprehensive procurement solutions to small and medium sized enterprises (SME).
Here, I am speaking of a class of powerful human witches-cum-supernatural demonesses attested to in Early and Middle Iranian literature, ranging from the ancient Avestan Yasts to Pahlavi literature dating from as late as the tenth century CE.
These periods according to chronological order are as follows: 1- Vedic Civilization, 2- Avestan Civilization, 3- Greco - Bactrian Civilization, 4- Greco - Buddhist Civilization, and finally the Islamic Civilization, which still exists in present day Afghanistan.
Related are Old Indian didesti for 'to point out' and 'to show', Avestan daes- 'to show' and 'to distribute something to someone'.
The "fragrant fuel" of the Avestan texts mentions various aromatics in combination with fragrant hom or homa, a name for the Ephedra distachya, yet another haomalsoma candidate (Falk 1989).
Here follow some examples (for a more comprehensive list see Zoller forthcoming): Garhwali syam karka 'woodcock', Wakhi kherk, khirk 'chicken', Burushaski qarqaamuc 'Huhn, Hahn' (with -muc < OIA mrgaci 'bird' [10265]), (25) Pashto qarya 'crow, rook', Ossetic kark 'hen', Late Avestan kahrka- (in compounds), Middle and New Persian kark 'chicken, hen', Tocharian B kranko 'chicken', etc.
"Paradise" entered into English, via Greek, from the ancient Avestan pairidaeza.