A member of the earliest people of Sri Lanka, originally forest-dwelling hunters but now almost completely assimilated into the modern Sinhalese population.
A member of an aboriginal people of the forests of Sri Lanka.
Origin of vedda
- Sinhalese vädda perhaps from Middle Indic vajjita- excluded from Sanskrit varjita- past passive participle of varjayati he avoids, shuns causative of vṛṇakti he bends, turns
From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition