nounpl. -·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 vädda 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