bhāṣā भाषा

Definition: f. speech, talk, language; vernacular tongue (either=spoken Sanskrit of Pânini as opposed to Vedic or Prâkrit as opposed to Sanskrit); description, definition; plaint, charge, or accusation (in law); -kit raka, n. play on words; -gña, a. versed in languages; m. N.; -parikkheda, m. T. of a compendium of the Vaiseshika system; -sa ma, m. sentence identical with the vernacular (i.e. consisting of words which may be ac counted Sanskrit as well as Prâkrit: rh.).

Dictionary: Macdonell
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