Definition of Apabhramsa
: a stage of an Indic language characterized by linguistic changes not found in a more conservative stage that serves as a standard of correctness:
a : non-Sanskrit linguistic forms in Indic speech prior to approximately the 3d century a.d.
b : an Indic language spoken in approximately the 3d to the 5th centuries a.d. and differing from the literary Prakrit
c : an Indic language that was used as a vehicle for poetry from approximately the 6th to the 12th centuries and that shows linguistic changes not found in Prakrit
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