hermitage (of a brahmin ascetic esp. a jaṭila) Vin.i.24 = Vin.iv.108; Vin.i.26, Vin.i.246; Vin.iii.147; Snp.979; Snp.p.104, Snp.p.111; Ja.i.315 (˚pada), Ja.v.75 (id.) Ja.v.321, Ja.vi.76 (˚pada). The word is not found anywhere in the Canon in the technical sense of the later Sanskrit law books where “the 4 āśramas” is used as a t. t. for the four stages in the life of a brahmin priest (not of a brahmin by birth). See Dial. i.211–217.
ā + śram