vaiśyaḥ वैश्यः

Definition: वैश्यः A man of the third tribe, his business being trade and agriculture; a peasant; विशत्याशु पशुभ्यश्च कृष्यादावरुचिः शुचिः । वेदाध्ययनसंपन्नः स वैश्य इति संज्ञितः ॥ Padma Purāṇa. (He is supposed to have sprung from the thighs of Puruṣa;. cf. ऊरू तदस्य यद्वैश्यः Ṛv.1.9.) -Comp. -कर्मन् n., -वृत्तिः f. the business or occupation of a Vaīśya; trade, agriculture &c. -भावः the state or condition of a वैश्य; ब्राह्मणः सप्तरात्रेण वैश्यभावं नियच्छति Ms.1.93.

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