A·thar·va-Ve·da or A·thar·va·ve·da (ə-tärvə-vādə, -vē-)
One of the four Vedas, consisting mostly of spells of black and white magic.
[Sanskrit Atharvavedaḥ : atharvā, priest; see āter- in the Appendix of Indo-European roots + vedaḥ, sacred lore, knowledge, Veda; see weid- in the Appendix of Indo-European roots.]
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