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

  • n. A style of Classical Sanskrit poetry characterized by ornate and artificial language.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. A highly artificial Sanskrit literary style used by Indian court poets in the early centuries AD.
  • n. poetry (especially in a classical style) in the literatures of India's modern languages

Etymologies

Sanskrit kāvyam, inspiration, poem, from neuter sg. of kāvya-, inspired, from kaviḥ, seer, poet.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Sanskrit काव्य (kāvyá). (Wiktionary)

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