Assa; 2 Definition(s)
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assa : (3rd sing. potential) may be. (Dat. and Gen. sing. of ima:) to this; of this. (m.), 1. a horse; 2. a corner. || assā (f.), a mare. (Dat. and Gen. sing. of ima:) to her; of her.Source: BuddhaSasana: Concise Pali-English Dictionary
1) Assa, 5 3. sg. Pot. of asmi (see atthi). (Page 90)
2) Assa, 4 is Gen. Dat. sg. of ayaṃ, this. (Page 90)
3) Assa, 3 (Vedic aśva, cp. Av. aspō; Gr. i(/ppos, dial. i(/kkos; Lat. equus; Oir. ech; Gall. epo-; Cymr. ep, Goth. aíhva; Os. ehu; Ags. eoh) a horse; often mentioned alongside of and combd. with hatthi (elephant) Vin. III, 6 (pañcamattehi assa-satehi), 52 (enumd. under catuppadā, quadrupeds, with hatthi oṭṭha goṇa gadrabha & pasuka); A. II, 207; V, 271; Sn. 769 (gavâssa). At Th. II, 229 the commentary explains caturassa as “four in hand＂ ; but the context shows that the more usual sense of caturassa (see assa2) was probably what the poet meant; Dh. 94, 143, 144 (bhadra, a good horse), 380 (id.); Vv 203 (+ assatarī); VvA. 78; DhA. I, 392 (hatthi-assâdayo); Sdhp. 367 (duṭṭh°).
4) Assa, 2 (for aṃsa2 = Sk. aśra point, corner, cp. Sk. aśri, Gr. a)/kros & o)cuζ sharp, Lat. acer) corner, point; occurs only in cpd. caturassa four-cornered, quadrangular, regular (of symmetrical form, Vin. II, 316; J. IV, 46, 492; Pv. II, 119. Perhaps also at Th. 2, 229 (see under assa3). Occurs also in form caturaṃsa under catur). (Page 90)
5) Assa, 1 (for aṃsa1, q. v. for etym. ) shoulder; in cpd. assapuṭa shoulder-bag, knapsack i.e. a bag containing provisions, Instr. assupuṭena with provisions. Later exegesis has interpreted this as a bag full of ashes, and vv. ll. as well as Commentators take assa = bhasma ashes (thus also Morris J P T S. 1893, 10 without being able to give an etymology). The word was already misunderstood by Bdhgh. when he explained the Dīgha passage by bhasmapuṭena, sīse chārikaṃ okiritvā ti attho DA. I, 267. After all it is the same as puṭaṃsa (see under aṃsa1).—D. I, 98, cp. A. II, 242 (v. l. bhasma°); DA. I, 267 (v. l. bhassa°). (Page 90)Source: Sutta: The Pali Text Society's Pali-English Dictionary
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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