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

Brahant, (adj.) (cp. Vedic bṛhant, of bṛh2 to increase, to be great or strong; paribṛdha solid (cp. brūha, paribrahaṇa & paribrūhana), Av. b∂r∂ƶat high; Arm. barjr high; Oir. brī, Cymr. bre mountain; Goth. baurgs “borough,” Ohg. etc. burg “burgh,” i.e. fortress; Ger. berg mountain.—The fundamental notion is that of an increase above normal or the ordinary: vuddhi (of vṛdh) is used in explns of the term; thus Dhtp 344 (Dhtm 506) baha braha brūha=vuddhiyaṃ; VvA. 278 brahā=vuddhā. Its use is almost entirely restricted to poetry) very great, vast, high, lofty, gigantic; Nom. sg. brahā Sn. 410, 550; Th. 1, 31; J. III, 117 (=dīgha C.); IV, 111 (su°); 647; Pv IV. 310 (of a huge tree), Acc. sg. brahantaṃ A. III, 346; VvA. 182; Nom. pl. also brahantā Vv 524 (=mahantā VvA. 224; of the Yama-dūtā or Death’s giant messengers).—f. brahatl J. V, 215 (=uḷārā C.); also given as N. of a plant Abhp 588.—Superl. brahaṭṭha (=Sk. barhiṣṭha; on inversion bar›bra cp. Sk. paribarhanā›P. paribrahaṇa) in °puppha a large or fully developed blossom J. V, 416.—arañña woodlands, vast forest A. I, 187.—vana the wild wood, immense forest A. I, 152; III, 44; Vv 633; J. V, 215.—sukha (-vihāra-jjhāna-jhāyin) (a thinker enjoying his meditations in) immense happiness Miln. 226 (in characterisation of the term “brāhmaṇa”). (Page 492)

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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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