Vaccha: 7 definitions


Vaccha means something in Buddhism, Pali, Hinduism, Sanskrit, 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.

Alternative spellings of this word include Vachchha.

In Hinduism

Kavya (poetry)

Source: OpenEdition books: Vividhatīrthakalpaḥ (Kāvya)

Vaccha (वच्छ) in Prakrit (or Vatsa in Sanskrit) refers to “small” (term of affection—i,.e., “from a divinity to his protege” or “from parents to their son”), as is mentioned in the Vividhatīrthakalpa by Jinaprabhasūri (13th century A.D.): an ancient text devoted to various Jaina holy places (tīrthas).

Kavya book cover
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Kavya (काव्य, kavya) refers to Sanskrit poetry, a popular ancient Indian tradition of literature. There have been many Sanskrit poets over the ages, hailing from ancient India and beyond. This topic includes mahakavya, or ‘epic poetry’ and natya, or ‘dramatic poetry’.

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In Buddhism

Theravada (major branch of Buddhism)

Source: Pali Kanon: Pali Proper Names

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.

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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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Languages of India and abroad

Pali-English dictionary

Source: BuddhaSasana: Concise Pali-English Dictionary

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

Source: Sutta: The Pali Text Society's 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.

Pali book cover
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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

Vaccha (वच्छ).—= वत्सः (vatsaḥ) q. v.

Derivable forms: vacchaḥ (वच्छः).

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

Vaccha (वच्छ):—mf. = vatsa, child ([especially] in familiar address), [Pañcadaṇḍacchattra-prabandha]

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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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Prakrit-English dictionary

Source: DDSA: Paia-sadda-mahannavo; a comprehensive Prakrit Hindi dictionary

1) Vaccha (वच्छ) in the Prakrit language is related to the Sanskrit word: Vakṣas.

2) Vaccha (वच्छ) also relates to the Sanskrit word: Vṛkṣa.

3) Vaccha (वच्छ) also relates to the Sanskrit word: Vatsa.

4) Vaccha (वच्छ) also relates to the Sanskrit word: Vātsya.

5) Vacchā (वच्छा) also relates to the Sanskrit word: Vatsā.

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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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