Mahasanghika

noun
Ma·​ha·​san·​ghi·​ka | \ məˈhäˈsəŋgə̇kə\
plural -s

Definition of Mahasanghika

: an adherent of an early Buddhist sect from which Mahayana Buddhism developed

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History and Etymology for Mahasanghika

Sanskrit mahāsāṃghika, masculine plural, name of a Buddhist school

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