Yakkhini, Yakkhinī: 2 definitions


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

Yakkhinī, (f.) (fr. yakkha, perhaps corresponding directly to Vedic yakṣiṇī, f. of yakṣin; adj. persecuting, taking vengeance, applied to Varuṇa at RV. VII. 884) a female yakkha, a vampire. Their character is usually fierce & full of spite & vengeance, addicted to man- & beastmurder (cp. yakkha 2). They are very much like Petīs in habits. With their names cp. those of the yakkhas, as enumerated under yakkha 4.—Vin. III, 37; IV, 20 (where sexual intercourse with y. is forbidden to the bhikkhus); S. I, 209 (Piyaṅkara-mātā); J. I, 240 (as a goat), 395 sq.; II, 127; III, 511; V, 21 (eating a baby), 209 (eaten by a y.); VI, 336 (desirous of eating a child); Vism. 121 (singing), 382 (four: Piyaṅkara-mātā, Uttaramātā, Phussa-mittā, Dhammaguttā), 665 (in simile); Mhvs 7, 11 (Kuvaṇṇā, i.e. bad-coloured); 10, 53 (Cetiyā); 12, 21 (Hāritā “Charming” or fr. harita “green” (?)); DhA. I, 47; II, 35, 36 (a y. in the form of a cow, eating 4 people in successive births). Note. A by-form of yakkhinī is yakkhī.

Source: BuddhaSasana: Concise Pali-English Dictionary

yakkhinī : (f.) a demoness.

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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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