formation of the name mahaasaamghika

Wed Nov 26 01:53:22 UTC 2003

Madhav Deshpande wrote:

> There are couple of ways of going about it.  Monier-Williams lists a large
number of words
> with maahaa- and hence the V.rddhi is a commonly attested form.
Assuming, of course, that the term is Skt in origin but surely it was used
in Pali etc long before it was seemingly sanskritized.  A quick look in PED
suggests to me that a v.rddhi form of mahaa (maahaa) is not used.   Perhaps
a Pali scholar could elucidate.

Best wishes,
Stephen Hodge

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