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A Prakrit language that is a scriptural and liturgical language of Theravada Buddhism.

[Short for Sanskrit pālibhāṣā, language of the row, series of Buddhist sacred texts, from pāliḥ, row, perhaps of Dravidian origin.]
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(Languages) an ancient language of India derived from Sanskrit; the language of the Buddhist scriptures
[C19: from Sanskrit pāli-bhāsa, from pāli canon + bhāsa language, of Dravidian origin]
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(ˈpɑ li)

the Prakrit language of the Buddhist scriptures.
[1685–95; short for Skt pāli-bhāsa language of the canonical texts =pāli line, row, canon + bhāsa language]
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Noun1.Pali - an ancient Prakrit language (derived from Sanskrit) that is the scriptural and liturgical language of Theravada BuddhismPali - an ancient Prakrit language (derived from Sanskrit) that is the scriptural and liturgical language of Theravada Buddhism
Prakrit - any of the vernacular Indic languages of north and central India (as distinguished from Sanskrit) recorded from the 3rd century BC to the 4th century AD
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Therefore, it is reasonable to accept that the Pali version Rakkha became prominent when the ancient land of Arakan was conquered around 322 BCE and ruled by the Mauryans who spoke Magadha, a Pali language. Both U Kyaw Min and U San Tha Aung clearly believed that the Rakhine are the descendants of the conquerors, the Magadha-speaking Mauryans, and the indigenous people.
involving three chants in Pali language while requesting that one be taken into Buddha's refuge.
They have been taken from the thousand year old Sanskrit Hitopadesha Tales, the Buddhist Jataka Tales, first told in the Pali language, and the equally ancient Panchatantra Tales.
As he explains, there was originally a single project to replace Childers' pioneering A Dictionary of the Pali Language (originally published in 1875), but the First World War alas brought such cooperation to an end and the dictionary was thereafter split into British and Scandinavian branches, which led to the Pali Text Society's Pali-English Dictionary and CPD respectively.