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from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. Any of several Sanskrit religious and philosophical treatises, closely connected with the Brahmanas and Upanishads, and intended to be read by hermits in the quiet of the forest.

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  • n. a treatise resembling a Brahmana but to be read or expounded by anchorites in the quiet of the forest

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Sanskrit Āraṇyakam, from neuter sing. of āraṇyaka-, pertaining to the forest, from āraṇya-, from araṇyam, foreign land, wilderness, forest, from araṇa-, distant, foreign; see al-1 in Indo-European roots.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)

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