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Abhidhānappadīpikā

A Pāḷi Dictionary written in the twelfth century by Moggallāna Thera of Sri Lanka, following the style and the method of the Sanskrit Amarakosa.

It is in three parts, dealing with “celestial, terrestrial, and miscellaneous objects,” and each part is subdivided into several sections, which are not all mutually exclusive. The whole book is a dictionary of synonyms, all the names given to one particular thing being grouped together and put into verse for the purpose of memorisation.

A Saṃvaṇṇanā was written by a Burmese Officer-of-State under King Kittisīhasūra (A.D. 1351), and there exists a Burmese translation of the eighteenth century. In Sri Lanka itself a paraphrase (sanna) and a Subcommentary (ṭīkā) have been written, the sanna being the older and by far the more valuable work. Gv.62, 63; Svd.v.1253; Sad.65; see also P.L.C. 187‑9; Bode, op. cit., 67.

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