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[vahys-yuh, vahysh-]
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  1. a member of the Hindu mercantile and professional class, above the Shudras and below the Kshatriyas.Compare Brahman1(def 1).
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Origin of Vaisya

First recorded in 1785–95, Vaisya is from the Sanskrit word vaiśya
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  1. the third of the four main Hindu castes, the traders
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Word Origin

C18: from Sanskrit, literally: settler, from viś settlement
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