\ əˈbi(ə)r \
plural -s

Definition of abir

: a perfumed red powder used at the Holi festival

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First Known Use of abir

1799, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for abir

borrowed from Hindi abīr (Urdu ʽabīr) “mixture of perfumes compounded with saffron,” borrowed from Persian ʽabīr “perfume mixture,” borrowed from Arabic, “fragrance, perfume”

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“Abir.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/abir. Accessed 19 Oct. 2021.

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