Vacanaka, Vācanaka: 5 definitions



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Alternative spellings of this word include Vachanaka.

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Pali-English dictionary

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Source: BuddhaSasana: Concise Pali-English Dictionary

vācanaka : (nt.) a ceremony or place of recitation.

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

Vācanaka, (nt.) (fr. vāceti) talk, recitation, disputation; invitation (?), in brāhmaṇa° J. I, 318 (karoti); III, 171; IV, 391 (karoti); regarded as a kind of festival. At J. III, 238 vācanaka is used by itself (two brahmins receiving it). It refers to the treating of brāhmaṇas (br. teachers) on special occasions (on behalf of their pupils: a sort of farewell-dinner?).—It is not quite sure how we have to interpret vācanaka. Under brāhmaṇa (cpds.) we have translated it as “elocution show” (cp. our “speech day”). The E. translation gives “brahmin feast”; Prof. Dutoit “Brahmanen-backwerk” (i.e. special cakes for br.). vācana may be a distortion of vājana, although the latter is never found as v. l. It is at all events a singular expression. BR give vācanaka as a(/pac legomέnon in meaning of “sweetmeat, ” with the only ref. Hārāvalī 152 (Calc. ed.), where it is explained as “prahelaka” (see P. paheṇaka). On the subject see also Fick, Soc. Glied. 137, 205. (Page 606)

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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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Sanskrit dictionary

Source: DDSA: The practical Sanskrit-English dictionary

Vācanaka (वाचनक).—

1) A riddle.

2) A kind of sweetmeat.

Derivable forms: vācanakam (वाचनकम्).

Source: Cologne Digital Sanskrit Dictionaries: Shabda-Sagara Sanskrit-English Dictionary

Vācanaka (वाचनक).—n.

(-kaṃ) A riddle.

Source: Cologne Digital Sanskrit Dictionaries: Monier-Williams Sanskrit-English Dictionary

1) Vācanaka (वाचनक):—[from vāc] n. recitation ([especially] of svasti), [Hemādri’s Caturvarga-cintāmaṇi]

2) [v.s. ...] an enigma, riddle, [Monier-Williams’ Sanskrit-English Dictionary]

3) [v.s. ...] a kind of sweetmeat, [cf. Lexicographers, esp. such as amarasiṃha, halāyudha, hemacandra, etc.]

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Sanskrit, also spelled संस्कृतम् (saṃskṛtam), is an ancient language of India commonly seen as the grandmother of the Indo-European language family (even English!). Closely allied with Prakrit and Pali, Sanskrit is more exhaustive in both grammar and terms and has the most extensive collection of literature in the world, greatly surpassing its sister-languages Greek and Latin.

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