pl. -·das or -·da
a member of an aboriginal people of the forests of Sri Lanka
also sp. Ved′dah
Origin of VeddaSinhalese, hunter
nounpl. Vedda or Ved·das also Veddah or Ved·dahs
A member of the earliest people of Sri Lanka, originally forest-dwelling hunters but now almost completely assimilated into the modern Sinhalese population.
Origin of VeddaSinhalese v&adie;dda, perhaps from Middle Indic vajjita-, excluded, from Sanskrit varjita-, past passive participle of varjayati, he avoids, shuns, causative of v&rlowdot;&nlowdot;akti, he bends, turns.