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- (obsolete) Avator
From Sanskrit अवतारः (avatāraḥ) via Hindustani अवतार / اوتار (avatār), meaning "descent (of a deity from heaven in incarnate form)", from avatāriti "he descends": ava- "down" and tariti "(he) crosses".
- In Hinduism the incarnation of a deity, particularly Vishnu.
- The physical embodiment of an idea or concept; a personification.
- (computing) A digital representation of a person or being.
"And honest Alan, who was a grim fire-eater in his day, has in this new avatar no more desperate purpose than to steal some young gentleman's attention from his Ovid..." - Robert Louis Stevenson, dedicatory letter to Kidnapped (1886) [contrasting the historical Alan Breac with his incarnation in the novel].
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