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Vaisya

[vahys-yuh, vahysh-] /ˈvaɪs yə, ˈvaɪʃ-/
noun
1.
a member of the Hindu mercantile and professional class, above the Shudras and below the Kshatriyas.
Compare Brahman1 (def 1).
Origin of Vaisya
1785-1795
First recorded in 1785-95, Vaisya is from the Sanskrit word vaiśya
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Vaisya

/ˈvaɪsjə; ˈvaɪʃjə/
noun
1.
the third of the four main Hindu castes, the traders
Word Origin
C18: from Sanskrit, literally: settler, from viś settlement
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