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manussa : (m.) a human being.

Source: BuddhaSasana: Concise Pali-English Dictionary

Manussa, (fr. manus, cp. Vedic manuṣya. Connected etym. with Goth. manna=man) a human being, man. The popular etym. connects m. with Manu(s), the ancestor of men, e.g. KhA 123: “Manuno apaccā ti manussā, porāṇā pana bhaṇanti “mana-ussannatāya manussa” ; te Jambudīpakā, Aparagoyānikā, Uttarakurukā, Pubbavidehakā ti catubbidhā. ” Similarly with the other view of connecting it with “mind” VvA. 18: “manassa ussannatāya manussā” etc. Cp. also VvA. 23, where manussa-nerayika, °peta, °tiracchāna are distinguished.—Sn. 75, 307, 333 sq. , 611 sq.; Dh. 85, 188, 197 sq. , 321; Nd1 97 (as gati), 340, 484 (°phassa of Sn. 964); Vism. 312; VbhA. 455 (var. clans); DhA. I, 364.—amanussa not human, a deva, a ghost, a spirit; in cpds. “haunted, ” ilke °kantāra J. I, 395, °ṭṭhāna Vv 843 (cp. VvA. 334 where expld); °sadda DhA. I, 315. See also separately amanussa.

—attabhāva human existence PvA. 71, 87, 122. —itthi a human woman PvA. 48, 154. —inda lord of men S. I, 69; Mhvs 19, 33. —khādaka man eater, cannibal (usually appld to Yakkhas) VbhA. 451. —deva (a) “god of men, ” i.e. king Pv. II, 811; (b) men & gods (?) VvA. 321 (Hardy, in note takes it as “gods of men, ” i.e. brāhmaṇā). —dhamma condition of man, human state VvA. 24. See also uttari-manussa dhamma. —bhūta as a human, in human form Pv. I, 112; II, 112. —loka the world of men Sn. 683. (Page 520)

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