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Date: 1700-1800
Language: Sanskrit
Origin: avatara 'descent', from avatarati 'he or she comes down'

avatar

noun
     
Related topics: Computers
av‧a‧tar [countable]
1 literary a person or animal who is really a god in human or animal form
2 formal a person who represents an idea or quality
3TD a picture of a person or animal that represents you on a computer screen, for example in some chat rooms or when you are playing games over the Internet

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