to hire; originally the same as bhṛtya fr. bhṛta & bhṛti of; bhṛ Dhtp.94, Dhtm.114
■ bhaṭa = bhatyaṃ i.e. bhṛtyaṃ servant, hireling, soldier Mil.240; Vv-a.305 (bhattavetana˚). As to suggestion of bhaṭa occurring in phrase yathā-bhaṭaṃ (Kern.
s. v. yathābhaṭaṃ see discussion under yathā bhataṃ.
- -patha service, employment, salary Vin.iv.265; Snp-a.542.
cp. Epic & Class. Sk. bhaṭa, fr, dial.; bhaṭ