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From Balinese lontar, Indonesian lontar, from Old Javanese rontal.


lontar (plural lontars or lontar)

  1. The palmyra, or leaves of this tree as used for manuscripts in parts of Indonesia and Malaysia.
    • 1990, Fred B. Eiseman, Jr., Bali: Sekala and Niskala, Tuttle Publishing, p. 128:
      The nature of these powers is written in the sacred palms leaf books, the lontars, in which all sacred Balinese writings are preserved.
    • 2000, Raechelle Rubinstein, Beyond the Realm of the Senses, p. 26:
      The technology of lontar writing in Bali, on the other hand, has never severely impeded the circulation of texts.