prefix near, inside, within; only in foll. compounds: -pura (nt.) “inner town”, the king’s palace, esp. its inner apartments i.e. harem [Sk. antaḥpura, cp. also P. antopura] Vin.i.75, Vin.i.269; AN.v.81; Ja.ii.125; Ja.iv.472; Mil.1; Pv-a.23 Pv-a.81, Pv-a.280; -purikā harem woman Dhs-a.403; -vāsika one who lives in, i.e. lodges or lives with his master or teacher, a pupil Vin.i.60; Vin.iii.25; SN.i.180; SN.iv.136; Ja.i.166; Ja.ii.278; Ja.iii.83, Ja.iii.463; Pv-a.12; Vv-a.138; -vāsin ˚vāsika Vin.iii.66; DN.i.1, DN.i.45, DN.i.74, DN.i.78, DN.i.88, DN.i.108, DN.i.157; MN.iii.116; DN-a.i.36.
Sk. antaḥ, with change of-aḥ to-e, instead of the usual-o, prob. through interpreting it as loc. of anta