Abbha: 3 definitions


Abbha means something in Buddhism, Pali, Jainism, Prakrit. If you want to know the exact meaning, history, etymology or English translation of this term then check out the descriptions on this page. Add your comment or reference to a book if you want to contribute to this summary article.

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Pali-English dictionary

Source: BuddhaSasana: Concise Pali-English Dictionary

abbha : (nt.) sky; cloud.

Source: Sutta: The Pali Text Society's Pali-English Dictionary

Abbha, (nt.) (Vedic abhra nt. & later Sk. abhra m. “dark cloud”; Idg. *m̊bhro, cp. Gr. a)fros scum, froth, Lat. imber rain; also Sk. ambha water, Gr. o)/mbros rain, Oir ambu water). A (dense & dark) cloud, a cloudy mass A.II, 53 = Vin.II, 295 = Miln.273 in list of to things that obscure moon- & sunshine, viz. abbhaṃ mahikā (mahiyā A) dhūmarajo (megho Miln), Rāhu. This list is referred to at SnA 487 & VvA.134. S.I, 101 (°sama pabbata a mountain like a thunder-cloud); J.VI, 581 (abbhaṃ rajo acchādesi); Pv IV.39 (nīl° = nīla-megha PvA.251). As f. abbhā at Dhs.617 & DhsA.317 (used in sense of adj. “dull”; DhsA.expls. by valāhaka); perhaps also in abbhāmatta.

—kūṭa the point or summit of a storm-cloud Th.1, 1064; J.VI, 249, 250; Vv 11 (= valāhaka-sikhara VvA.12). —ghana a mass of clouds, a thick cloud It.64; Sn.348 (cp. SnA 348). —paṭala a mass of clouds DhsA.239. —mutta free from clouds Sn.687 (also as abbhāmutta Dh.382). —saṃvilāpa thundering S.IV, 289. (Page 59)

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Pali is the language of the Tipiṭaka, which is the sacred canon of Theravāda Buddhism and contains much of the Buddha’s speech. Closeley related to Sanskrit, both languages are used interchangeably between religions.

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Prakrit-English dictionary

Source: DDSA: Paia-sadda-mahannavo; a comprehensive Prakrit Hindi dictionary

1) Abbha (अब्भ) in the Prakrit language is related to the Sanskrit word: Abhra.

2) Abbha (अब्भ) also relates to the Sanskrit word: Ābhid.

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Prakrit is an ancient language closely associated with both Pali and Sanskrit. Jain literature is often composed in this language or sub-dialects, such as the Agamas and their commentaries which are written in Ardhamagadhi and Maharashtri Prakrit. The earliest extant texts can be dated to as early as the 4th century BCE although core portions might be older.

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