1. Any of the vernacular and literary Indic languages recorded from the third century BC to the fourth century AD, as opposed to Sanskrit.
2. Any of the modern Indic languages.
[Sanskrit prākṛtam, from neuter sing. of prākṛta-, natural, vulgar, vernacular : pra-, before, forward; see per1 in the Appendix of Indo-European roots + karoti, he makes; see SANSKRIT.]
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