namaste

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nam·as·te

 (nŭm′əs-tā′)
interj.
Used especially among Hindus to express a polite or respectful greeting or farewell.

[Ultimately (via Hindi, Punjabi, and other South Asian languages) from Sanskrit namas te, obeisance to you : namaḥ, homage, obeisance; see nem- in Indo-European roots + te, enclitic second person sing. genitive and dative pron.; see tu- in Indo-European roots.]
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namaste

(ˌnʌməsˈteɪ)
interj
a salutation used in India
[C21: via Hindi from Sanskrit, from namas salutation, bow + te to you]
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