Dvihitika, Dvīhitika: 1 definition



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

Dvīhitika, (adj.) (du-īhitika, of du1+īhati) to be gained or procured with difficulty (i.e. a livelihood which is hardly procurable), only in phrase “dubbhikkhā d. setaṭṭhikā salākavuttā, of a famine Vin.III, 6, 15, 87; IV, 23; S.IV, 323. On the term & its explanation by Bdhgh. (at Vin.III, 268: dujjīvikā īhī tī ... dukkhena īhitaṃ ettha pavattatī ti) see Kern, Toev. I.122.—Note. Bdhgh’s explanation is highly speculative, & leaves the problem still unsolved. The case of du1 appearing as du- (and not as dur-) before a vowel is most peculiar; there may be a connection with druh (see duhana), which is even suggested by vv. ll. at S.IV, 223 as dūhitika= duhitika (q. v.). (Page 334)

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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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