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Unusual terms used on BuddhaDust

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Ætiology:the investigation and study of the origin and growth or manner of origin and growth of a thing. Closely related to the idea of yonisomanasikaro: tracing things back to their point of origin.

aerolite: a stony meteorite consisting of silicate minerals. meteorite - stony or metallic object that is the remains of a meteoroid that has reached the earth's surface.

Aphæretic:: From Ancient Greek ἀφαιρετικός. Loss of a letter or sound from the beginning of a word.

Akimbo: OED: Forms: 5 in kenebowe, 7 on kenbow, a kenbow, a kenbol, a kenbold, on kimbow, (a-gambo), 7–8 a-kemboll, 8–9 a kembo, a kimbo, 8– a-kimbo, akimbo. [...Icel. keng-boginn, -it, 'crooked'..., lit. 'bent staple-wise, or in a horse-shoe curve'; other suggestions are a cambok in the manner of a crooked stick (ME. cambok, med.L. cambGca, see cammock); a cam bow in a crooked bow. None of these satisfies all conditions.
The difficulty as to a-cambok, a cam bow, is that no forms of the word show cam-, from which the earliest are the most remote. The Icel. keng-boginn comes nearer the form, but there is no evidence that it had the special sense of a-kimbo, and none that the latter ever had the general sense of 'crooked.']
Of the arms: In a position in which the hands rest on the hips and the elbows are turned outwards. Now usu. hyphenless.

Attained to View, The [get]


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Ball-peen hammer: A hammer used primarily in metalwork with a rounded "peen" or head.

Body Seer [get]

Body-Witness, The [get]

Breedbate: Noun. (obsolete) One who breeds or originates quarrels.


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Cromlech A cromlech (sometimes also spelled "cromleh" or "cromlêh") is a megalithic construction made of large stone blocks. The word applies to two different megalithic forms in English, the first being an altar-tomb (frequently called a "dolmen"), as William Borlase first denoted in 1769. A good example is at Carn Llechart. — Wikipedia.

Clyster: an enema. (archaic).

curtain-lecture: a woman lecturing her husband in private.


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Desideratum [get]

Dhamma-Follower, The [get]

Dhammanusari (dhammānusārī, dhammaanusaarii) [get]

Ditthippatto (diṭṭhippatto, di.t.thippatto) [get]


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Eleusinian. (Greek: Ἐλευσίνια Μυστήρια) were initiations held every year for the cult of Demeter and Persephone based at the Panhellenic Sanctuary of Eleusis in ancient Greece. They are the "most famous of the secret religious rites of ancient Greece". — Wikipedia

Endogamous/Exogamous [get]


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Faith-Follower, The [get]

Furbelow: 1. a pleated or gathered piece of material especially : a flounce on women's clothing. — Merriam-Webster.

fingle-fangle A trifle; something of no importance.

Freed Both Ways [get]

Freed by Faith, The [get]

Freed by Intuitive Wisdom [get]

Frippery. Bling. Glitter, ornamentation, showy or unnecessary ornament in architecture, dress, or language. OED: Trifling, frivolous, contemptable, ... ahumtrumpery. Cf. OF. Frippery, ƒreperie, ƒerperie, ƒelperie; Fr. ƒriperie. From ƒrepe, ƒerpe, ƒelpe rag. Old cst-off garments.


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Geophagia, the practice of eating dirt.


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hapax legomenon a solitary example of a term.


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It'n-n-at'n, (Itthatta; 'as thus-and-such'; 'of this world') [get]

Itthatta, (It'n-n-at'n; 'as thus-and-such'; 'of this world')[get]


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Kamma: The Buddha defines "kamma" at one point as "intent". "Intention, I tell you, is kamma. Intending, one does kamma by way of body, speech, & intellect." (Bhk. Thanissaro trans -- AN VI.63
Elsewhere we see the meaning to include both the intent and the experience of the consequences of the act "Kamma is one's own, Kamma is the womb, beings are the inheritors of their kamma"; and, "Kamma determines one's well-fare and tribulation, one's experiences of pain and pleasure, good looks or lack of such, wealth and poverty, health and illness" (not precise quotes). The idea is that it is the intent with which one acts with body, speech and mind that determines the pleasant or unpleasant or neutral experience of the consequence. It is also part of the understanding of kamma that the consequences do not necessarily return in the same shape or quantity as the original, but are magnified significantly depending on the power of the actor, the action itself, and the recipient of the action.
Closely related to this idea is the idea of Sankhara, and it appears that it may be that these two ideas have come down to us blended together. The only perceptible difference to my eye is that there is a much more personal overtone to the idea of Sankhara: not only intent is involved, but it is identification with intent that brings about identification with the consequences.
See: Where is memory stored? and
On Giving and
Kamma and
Thinking in Ethical Terms

Kayasakkhi (kāyasakkhī, kaayasakkhii) [get]


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lectio difficilior: The principle in textual reconstruction that the more difficult reading is the more likely correct one in that it would require more thought on the part of the copiest.

Liberated by Faith, The [get]

Liberated at Heart [get]

Liberated by Wisdom [get]

Liberated-in-Both-Ways get]

Lustration: in general is the process of making something clear or pure, usually by means of a propitiatory offering. The term is taken from the Roman lustratio purification rituals.

Loris: A small, slow-moving nocturnal primate with a short or absent tail, living in dense vegetation in southern Asia.
Loris is the common name for the strepsirrhine primates of the subfamily Lorinae in the family Lorisidae. Loris is one genus in this subfamily and includes the slender lorises, while Nycticebus is the genus containing the slow lorises. Wikipedia


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Mental Realizer, The [get]

Mula: Root. Subsistance. Foot. Pay. Money. For more see [ The Etimulalogi of Mula]

Meretrix: feminine noun courtesan, kept woman; public prostitute; harlot; meretrix feminine noun. courtesan, kept woman; public prostitute; harlot.

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Nagualism. "A guardian spirit especially some beast or bird, supposed to be inseparably attached to a person. A system of superstition and mysticism by a secret sect or society formerally existing in Central America." — OED

Nahuta: [get]

Namuci: A name for Mara, The Evil One. "Not Very Much." (Never enough).

nard: the Himalayan spikenard. Spikenard, also called nard, nardin, and muskroot, is a class of aromatic amber-colored essential oil derived from Nardostachys jatamansi, a flowering plant in the honeysuckle family which grows in the Himalayas of Nepal, China, and India. —Wikipedia.

noëtics: The science of pure thought, reason, or intellection; "the science that deals with the phenomena that arise from efforts to satisfy the craving for truth." —


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oneiromancy: reading the future through dream interpretation.

Onomatopoea: OED: [a. L. onomatopœia, a. Gr. Àmolasopoiūa the making of words, f. Àmolasopoiñ| making or coining a name, f. onomato + -poio| making.] 1. The formation of a name or word by an imitation of the sound associated with the thing or action designated; this principle as a force in the formation of words in a language; echoism.

Orpiment: a deep-colored, orange-yellow arsenic sulfide mineral with formula As. 2S. 3. . It is found in volcanic fumaroles, low-temperature hydrothermal veins, and hot springs and is formed both by sublimation and as a byproduct of the decay of another arsenic mineral, realgar. —Wikipedia


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Panna-vimutto (paññāvimutto, pa~n~naa-vimutto) Freed by wisdom [get]

parure: a set of jewels intended to be worn together.

pluksel: Afrikaans. Lint, pluff, something that has been picked or plucked. — Wiktionary


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Saddha-vimutto (saddhāvimutto, saddhaa-vimutto) [get]

Sennight: a week

Saddhanusari (saddhānusārī, Saddhaanusaarii) [get]

Satisfaction [get]

Scilicet: that is to say; namely

Seriatim. Serially. Taking one subject after another in regular order; point by point. —Oxford Languages.

Shpiel [get]

Steer: To guide or govern (correct, punish). OED has this from stéore; rudder and also points to Old Norse st.yri, rudder, stern; Old High German stiura, stern, rudder, staff.

Striver After Dhamma, The [get]

Striver after Faith, The [get]

Scurf: flakes on the surface of the skin that form as fresh skin develops below, occurring especially as dandruff. — a flaky deposit on any surface, especially one on a plant resulting from a fungal infection. — Oxford Languages

sophisticism The philosophy or the methods of the sophists.


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tertium comparationis (Latin for "the third [part] of the comparison") is the quality that two things which are being compared have in common. It is the point of comparison which prompted the author of the comparison in question to liken someone or something to someone or something else in the first place. — Wikipedia

Thaumaturgy. The purported capability of a magician to work magic or other paranormal events or a saint to perform miracles. — Wikipedia.

Theodidact. Taught by God, student of God, student of one who is taught by God.

tittle-tattle idle talk; gossip.

Two-Ways-Freed [get]

Trencher: A large wooden plate or platter. Wooden "bowls" are not allowed to be used by the Bhikkhus.


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Ubhatobhaga-vimutto (ubhatobhāgavimutto, ubhatobhaaga-vimutto) [get]


-----[ V ]-----

viaticum: 2. archaic a supply of provisions or an official allowance of money for a journey.

View-Attainer [get]


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Wisdom-Freed [get]

Won to View, The [get]


-----[ Y ]-----

Yoga [Get]


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