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sutra

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noun su·tra \ˈsü-trə\

Definition of sutra

  1. 1 :  a precept summarizing Vedic teaching; also :  a collection of these precepts

  2. 2 :  one of the discourses of the Buddha that constitute the basic text of Buddhist scripture



Origin of sutra

Sanskrit sūtra precept, literally, thread; akin to Latin suere to sew — more at sew


First Known Use: 1801


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