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1In South Asia: a person from the hills; specifically a member of any of a number of indigenous peoples of the hill areas of northern India originally speaking Munda or Dravidian languages.
2Any of the Munda or Dravidian languages of the Paharias; an unspecified non-Indo-Aryan dialect spoken in the hills.
Of, relating to, or designating the Paharias or their languages.
Early 19th century. From Bihari pahāṛiyā (native or inhabitant) of the hills from Hindi pahāṛ mountain area + -iyā, suffix forming nouns and adjectives.
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