noun Ten·dai \ˈten¦dī\

Definition of Tendai



  1. :  a Japanese Buddhist sect founded in the 9th century a.d. by Dengyo Daishi that is the doctrinal equivalent of the Chinese T'ien T'ai sect

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Origin and Etymology of tendai

Japanese, from Chinese (Pekingese) t'ien1 t'ai2 t'ien t'ai, from T'ien1 T'ai2, mountain in Chekiang province, eastern China, where the doctrine was first formulated

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a rounded knoll or a ridge of ice

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