Phasuka, Phāsuka, Phāsukā: 2 definitions


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Source: BuddhaSasana: Concise Pali-English Dictionary

phāsuka : (adj.) pleasant, convenient. || phāsukā (f.) a rib; the flank.

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

Phāsukā, (f.) (cp. Sk *pārśukā & Ved. pārśva, see passa2) a rib, only in pl. phāsukā Vin. I, 74 (upaḍḍha° bhañjitabbā), in phrase sabbā te phāsukā bhaggā J. I, 493 (lit.), which is fig. applied at Dh. 154 (expld as “sabbā avasesa-kilesa-phāsukā bhaggā” at DhA. III, 128), with which cp. bhaggā phāsū at Miln. 146; both the latter phrases prob. of diff. origin.—(adj.) (-°) in phrase mahā°passa the flank (lit. the side of the great ribs) J. I, 164, 179; III, 273; abs. mahā° with great ribs J. V, 42; uggata° with prominent ribs PvA. 68 (for upphāsulika adj. Pv. II, 11).—in cpds. as phāsuka°, e.g. °aṭṭhīni the rib-bones (of which there are 24) Vism. 254 (v. l. pāsuka°); VbhA. 237; °dvaya pair of ribs Vism. 252; VbhA. 235.—See also pāsuka, pāsuḷa & the foll. (Page 479)

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Phāsuka, (adj.) (fr. phāsu. Cp. Prk. phāsuya; Acc. to Pischel, Prk. Gr. § 208 Jain Sk. prāsuka is a distortion of P. phāsuka. Perhaps phāsu is abstracted from phāsuka) pleasant, convenient, comfortable J. III, 343; IV, 30; DhA. II, 92; PvA. 42.—aphāsuka unpleasant, uncomfortable, not well J. II, 275, 395; DhA. I, 28; II, 21.—Note. It seems probable that phāsuka represents a Sk. *sparśuka (cp. Pischel § 62), which would be a der. fr. spṛś in same meaning as phassa2 (“lovely”). This would confirm the suggestion of phāsu being a secondary formation. (Page 479)

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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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