वाच्

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Sanskrit[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From Proto-Indo-European *wōkʷs (speech, voice). Cognates include Latin vōx, Ancient Greek ὄψ (óps) and Persian آواز (âvâz).

Noun[edit]

वाच् (vā́cf

  1. speech, voice, talk, language (also of animals), sound (also of inanimate objects as of the stones used for pressing, of a drum etc.)
    वाचम् (vācam)-√ṛ, √īr or √iṣ — to raise the voice, utter a sound, cry, call
  2. a word, saying, phrase, sentence, statement, asseveration
    वाचं (vācaṃ)-√vad — to speak words
    वाचं व्या (vācaṃ vyā)-√hṛ — to utter words
    वाचं (vācaṃ)-√dā +dative — to address words to
    वाचा सत्यं (vācā satyaṃ)-√kṛ — to promise verbally in marriage, plight troth
  3. Speech personified as the goddess of speech Vāc

References[edit]

  • Sir Monier Monier-Williams, A Sanskrit-English dictionary etymologically and philologically arranged with special reference to cognate Indo-European languages, Oxford: Clarendon Press, 1898, page 0936