Avestan: Gāθā

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In this page it is said that the word Gāθās is Avestan. Is it really Avestan? Or is it English?

The ending -s seems English to me. Perhaps the Avestan word is Gāθā (plural) and Gāθa (singular).
  • fdb

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    French (France)
    gāϑā- is Avestan, and means ‘song’, like Skt gāthā-. The stem ends with a long ā (feminine). The nominative singular is gāϑā in Old Avestan and gāϑa in Young Avestan. The nominative plural is gāϑā̊. “Gathas” or “Gāϑās” is English (of sorts).
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