noun Apa·bhram·sa \ˌəpəˈbrəmshə\

Definition of Apabhramsa



  1. :  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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Origin and Etymology of apabhramsa

Sanskrit apabhraṁśa, literally, fall

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a rounded knoll or a ridge of ice

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