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1Hinduism. A version of the Vedic text that is separated into individual words, without the application of sandhi; a method of reciting the text according to these word divisions.
2An Indian lyrical poem set to music.
A line of Sanskrit verse, usually a quarter of a four-line stanza, which constitutes the basic metrical unit of Vedic poetry.
Mid 19th century; earliest use found in The Penny Cyclopaedia. From Sanskrit pada footstep, pace, metrical foot or unit, (later) word, lyric strophe<br>mid 19th century; earliest use found in Journal of the American Oriental Society. From Sanskrit pāda foot, quarter (referring to the foot of a quadruped), verse or line (as the fourth part of a regular stanza).
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