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A method of transcribing Persian (Zoroastrian) sacred texts from Pahlavi into the Avestan script, substituting Persian for Aramaic words; a transcription made in this way.
Designating, relating to, or using this method of transcription or the Avestan script employed for it.
Late 18th century. From Persian pa-zand, lit. ‘on the commentary’, referring to the Zand or Zend, the Middle Persian commentary on and translation of the Zoroastrian sacred texts: see Zend-Avesta, Zend.
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