Samhita

noun Sam·hi·ta \¦səmhi¦tä\

Definition of Samhita

plural

-s

  1. :  any of the four basic canonical books of Hindu scriptures comprising hymns, prayers, and liturgical formulas and including the Rig Veda, the Yajur Veda, the Sama Veda, and the Atharva Veda

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Origin and Etymology of samhita

Sanskrit saṁhitā, literally, combination, from sam together + hita, past participle of dadhāti he puts, places — more at same, do


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