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A Vedic metre comprising three octosyllabic lines; a hymn, verse, etc., composed in this metre; especially the verse of the Rig Veda repeated daily as a prayer by Brahmins.
Late 18th century. From Sanskrit gāyatrī (in Vedic hymns) a stanza consisting of three octosyllabic lines, ultimately from gā- to sing.
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