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Magadhi

Magadhi, a Prakrit (vulgar Sanskritic) language, the mother tongue of Gautama Buddha, generally but wrongly supposed to be identical with the Pali of Buddhist literature; was formerly current throughout Berar, and may be regarded as the source of the eastern Gaurian languages (Bengali, Oriya of Orissa and Assamese).