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Ma·ha·bha·ra·ta  audio  (mäh-bär-t) KEY 

NOUN:
A Sanskrit epic principally concerning the dynastic struggle and civil war between the Pandavas and the Kauravas in the kingdom of Kurukshetra about the 9th century b.c., and containing the text of the Bhagavad-Gita, numerous subplots, and interpolations on theology, morals, and statecraft.

ETYMOLOGY:
Sanskrit Mahbhratam, great (telling) of the Bharatas : mah-, great; see meg- in Indo-European roots + Bhratam, of the Bharatas, descendants of the legendary Indian king Bharata


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