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loy·a jir·ga(loi′ə jŭr′gə)
A traditional national assembly of Afghanistan, consisting of representatives of the country's constituent communities and tribes.
[Pashto lōya jirga, great assembly : lōya, feminine of lōy, big, great (from Old Iranian *dahāka-, perhaps meaning "manlike, masculine," and akin to Khotanese daha, man, male, and Persian dāh, servant, or perhaps meaning "large," as in Avestan Aži- Dahāka-, a monster of ancient Iranian myth, perhaps "Large Snake" (aži-, snake)) + jirga, assembly, council; see jirga.]
loya jirga(ˌlɔɪə ˈdʒɜːɡə)
n (often with capitals)
(Government, Politics & Diplomacy) an assembly of regional leaders and tribal chiefs in Afghanistan
[from Pashto, literally: grand assembly]
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|Noun||1.||Loya Jirga - a grand council or grand assembly used to resolve political conflicts or other national problems; "he convened a Loya Jirga that persuaded tribal leaders to acquiesce"|
Jirga - a Pashto term for a decision making assembly of male elders; "most criminal cases are handled by a tribal Jirga rather than by laws or police"