Tharavad (pronunciation (help·info)) is a Malayalam word for ancestral home, usually used as the common house for the joint family system practised by Nairs, Ambalavasis, Syrian Christians and Namboothris of Kerala, India. Hermann Gundert in his Malayalam—English dictionary published in 1872, lists tharavad as "ancestral residence of land-owners" and also as "a house, chiefly of noblemen". Contemporary usage of the word is now more generic to all social classes.
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- Hermann Gundert (1872). A Malayalam and English Dictionary. C. Stolz. p. 434. Retrieved 15 February 2017.
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