vanaprastha

noun
va·​na·​pras·​tha | \ ˌvənəˈprəstə \
plural -s

Definition of vanaprastha

: a forest-dwelling Hindu hermit especially : one in the third stage of the Brahmanic scheme of life

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History and Etymology for vanaprastha

Sanskrit, literally, one who departs to the forest, from vana forest + pratiṣṭhati he sets forth, from pra- forward, forth + tiṣṭhati he stands

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“Vanaprastha.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/vanaprastha. Accessed 9 Aug. 2022.

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