plural -s
: a Hindu or Buddhist monk or religious mendicant

Word History


Sanskrit bhikṣu, from bhikṣate he desires, begs, desiderative of bhajati he grants, allots

First Known Use

1811, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of bhikshu was in 1811

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“Bhikshu.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 15 Jun. 2024.

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