Vy: 2 definitions


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

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Pali-English dictionary

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

Vy°, is the semi-vowel (i.e. half-consonantic) form of vi° before following a & ā (vya°, vyā), very rarely ū & o. The prefix vi° is very unstable, and a variety of forms are also attached to vy°, which, after the manner of all consonant-combinations in Pāḷi, may apart from its regular form vy° appear either as contracted to vv° (written ), like vagga (for vyagga), vaya (for vyaya), vosita (=vyosita), *vvūha (=vyūha, appearing as °bhūha), or diaeretic as viy° (in poetry) or veyy° (popular), e.g. viyañjana, viyārambha, viyāyata; or veyvañjanika, veyyākaraṇa, veyyāyika. It further appears as by° (like byaggha, byañjana, byappatha, byamha, byāpanna, byābādha etc.). In a few cases vya° represents (a diaeretic) vi°, as in vyamhita & vyasanna; and vyā°=vi° in vyārosa. (Page 652)

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context information

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

Vy (व्य्):—in [compound] before vowels for 3. vi.

context information

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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