Vaccha; 4 Definition(s)


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Alternative spellings of this word include Vachchha.

In Buddhism

Theravada (major branch of Buddhism)

1. Vaccha. A brahmin ascetic of long ago, near whose hut lived some Kinnaras. A spider used to weave his web around them, crack their heads and drink their blood. The Kinnaras sought Vacchas assistance, but Vaccha refused to kill the spider, till tempted by the offer of a Kinnara maiden named Rathavati as his servant. Vaccha killed the spider and lived with Rathavati as his wife.

This story was among those related by Mahosadhas parrot Mathara to the mynah bird of the Pancala kings palace, to show her that in love there is no unlikeness - a man may well mate with a Kinnari, a parrot with a mynah.

2. Vaccha. See Kisavaecha, Nandavaccha, Pilindavaccha, Tiritavaccha, Vacchagotta, etc. Also Ukkhepakatavaocha and the two Vanavacchas.

Source: Pali Kanon: Pali Proper Names
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Theravāda is a major branch of Buddhism having the the Pali canon (tipitaka) as their canonical literature, which includes the vinaya-pitaka (monastic rules), the sutta-pitaka (Buddhist sermons) and the abhidhamma-pitaka (philosophy and psychology).

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Pali-English dictionary

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vaccha : (m.) a calf; the young of an animal.

Source: BuddhaSasana: Concise Pali-English Dictionary

1) Vaccha, 2 (=rukkha, fr. vṛkṣa) a tree; only in mālā° an ornamental plant Vin. II, 12; III, 179; Vism. 172; DhA. II, 109. (Page 592)

2) Vaccha, 1 (Vedic vatsa, lit. “one year old, a yearling”; cp. Gr. e)/tos year, Sk. vatsara id. Lat vetus old, vitulus calf; Goth. wiprus a year old lamb=Ohg. widar=E. wether) a calf Dh. 284; J. V, 101; Vism. 163 (in simile), 269 (id.; kūṭa° a maimed calf); DhsA. 62 (with popular etym. “vadatī ti vaccho”); VvA. 100, 200 (taruṇa°). ‹-› On vaccha in similes see J. P. T. S. 1907, 131.

—giddhinī longing for her calf S. IV, 181. —gopālaka a cow-herd Vism. 28. —danta “calf-tooth, ” a kind of arrow or javelin M. I, 429; J. VI, 448. —pālaka cow-herd Vv 512. (Page 592)

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

Vaccha (वच्छ).—= वत्सः (vatsaḥ) q. v.

Derivable forms: vacchaḥ (वच्छः).

Source: DDSA: The practical Sanskrit-English dictionary
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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. 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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