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Yāska’s Nirukta shows no sign of awareness of plurilingualism. It does, however, present etymologies, which have nothing to do with the history of words. They are means to arrive at the meaning of words. The Nirukta uses them specifically to get at the meanings of unknown words found in the Ṛgveda, the old collection of sacred formulas.