Gabbha: 3 definitions


Gabbha 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

gabbha : (m.) interior; the womb; embryo; an inner chamber.

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

Gabbha, (Vedic garbha, either to *gelbh, as in Lat. galba, Goth. kalbo, Ohg. kalba, E. calf, or *gǔe bh, as in Gr. delfuζ womb, adelfόs sharing the womb, brother, dέlfac young pig; cp. *gelt in Goth. kilpei womb. Ags. cild, Ger. kind, E. child. Meaning: a cavity, a hollow, or, seen from its outside, a swelling) 1. interior, cavity (Loc. gabbhe in the midst of: aṅgāra° J.III, 55); an inner room, private chamber, bedroom, cell. Of a Vihāra: Vin.II, 303; III, 119; IV, 45; VvA.188; 220;— J.I, 90 (siri° royal chamber); III, 276; Vv 785 (=ovaraka VvA.304); DhA.I, 397; Miln.10, 295. See also anto°. ‹-› 2. the swelling of the (pregnant) womb, the womb (cp. kucchi). °ṃ upeti to be born Dh.325=Th.1, 17= Nett 34, 129; °ṃ upapajjati to be born again Dh.126; gabbhā gabbhaṃ ... dukkaṃ nigacchanti from womb to womb (i.e. from birth to birth) Sn.278; gabbhato paṭṭhāya from the time of birth J.I, 290, 293. As a symbol of defilement g. is an ep. of kāma A.IV, 289, etc.—3. the contents of the womb, i.e. the embryo, fœtus: dasa māse °ṃ kucchinā pariharitvā having nourished the fœtus in the womb for 10 months D II 14; dibbā gabbhā D.I, 229; on g. as contained in kucchi, fœtus in utero, see J.I, 50 (kucchimhi patiṭṭhito) 134; II, 2; IV, 482; M.I, 265; Miln.123 (gabbhassa avakkanti); DhA.I, 3, 47; II, 261.—Pv.I, 67; PvA.31; gabbho vuṭṭhāsi the child was delivered Vin.II, 278; itthi-gabbho & purisa° female & male child J.I, 51; gabbhaṃ pāteti to destroy the fœtus Vin.II, 268; apagatagabbhā (adj.) having had a miscarriage Vin.II, 129; mūḷha-gabbhā id. M.II, 102 (+visatā°); paripuṇṇa-gabbhā ready to be delivered J.I, 52; PvA.86; saññi° a conscious fœtus D.I, 54=M.I, 518=S.III, 212; sannisinna-gabbhā having conceived Vin.II, 278.

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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

Gabbha (गब्भ) in the Prakrit language is related to the Sanskrit word: Garbha.

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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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