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The Avesta.

[French, from Persian zandavastā, from transposition of Avestā-va-zend, text and commentary, from Middle Persian Abestāg u zand : abestāg, text (sense uncertain, possibly from Avestan *upastāvaka-, praise, from upastaoiti, he praises : upa-, up to, at; see upo in Indo-European roots + staoiti, he praises) + u, with + zand, explanation (from Avestan zainti-, knowledge, interpretation; see gnō- in Indo-European roots).]

Zend′-A·ves·ta′ic (-vĕs-tā′ĭk) adj.
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(Other Non-Christian Religions) the Avesta together with the traditional interpretative commentary known as the Zend, esp as preserved in the Avestan language among the Parsees
[from Avestan, representing Avesta'-va-zend Avesta with interpretation]
Zend-Avestaic adj
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the Avesta together with the Zend.
[1690–1700; < Pahlavi avastāk-u-zend the text and its interpretation]
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Noun1.Zend-Avesta - a collection of Zoroastrian texts gathered during the 4th or 6th centuriesZend-Avesta - a collection of Zoroastrian texts gathered during the 4th or 6th centuries
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"Zarathustra born on lake Urmi; left his home in his thirtieth year, went into the province of Aria, and, during ten years of solitude in the mountains, composed the Zend-Avesta."
(451) The "idioma zend" spoken by the magician refers to the ancient Zend language of the Zoroastrians in which they recorded their religious beliefs about their creator God, Ahura Mazda (sometimes written, "Ormuzd"), in sacred texts known as the Zend-Avesta. The story takes its cues from the ancient Zoroastrian faith, particularly the predestination-tinged so-called Zurvanite Heresy, contextualizing Zoroastrian free will doctrines along with possible doubts about the nature of their existence as creations of their God, Ahura Mazda.