Purana

noun, often capitalized
Pu·​ra·​na | \pu̇-ˈrä-nə \

Definition of Purana 

: one of a class of Hindu sacred writings chiefly from a.d. 300 to a.d. 750 comprising popular myths and legends and other traditional lore

Other Words from Purana

Puranic \pu̇-​ˈrä-​nik \ adjective

First Known Use of Purana

1684, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for Purana

Sanskrit purāṇa, from purāṇa ancient, from purā formerly; akin to Sanskrit pura before, Greek para beside, pro before — more at for

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