neuter grain, corn. The usual enumn comprises 7 sorts of grain, which is however not strictly confined to grain-fruit proper (“corn”) but includes, like other enumns, pulse seeds. These 7 are sāli & vīhi (rice-sorts), yava (barley) godhuma (wheat), kangu (millet), varaka (beans) kudrūsaka (?) Vin.iv.264; Cnd.314; DN-a.i.78
■ Cnd.314 distinguishes two oategories of dhañña: the natural (pubbaṇṇa) & the prepared (aparaṇṇa) kinds. To the first belong the 7 sorts, to the second belongs sūpeyya (curry). See also bīja-bīja
■ Six sorts are mentioned at MN.i.57, viz. sāli, vīhi, mugga, māsa, tila, taṇḍula. DN.i.5 (āmaka˚; q.v.); AN.ii.209 (id.); MN.i.180; AN.ii.32 (+ dhana); Thag.531; Pp.58; Dhp-a.i.173; Vv-a.99; Pv-a.29 (dhanaṃ vā dh ˚ṃ vā), Pv-a.198 (sāsapa-tela-missitaṃ), Pv-a.278 (sappi-madhu-tela-dhaññādīhi vohăraṃ katvā)- dhaññaṃ ākirati to besprinkle a person with grain (for good luck) Pv.iii.5#4 (= mangalaṃ karoti Pv-a.198 see also mangala).
- -āgāra a store house for grain Vin.i.240;
- -piṭaka a basket full of grain Dhp-a.iii.370;
- -rāsi a heap of g AN.iv.163, AN.iv.170;
- -samavāpaka grain for sowing, not more & not less than necessary to produce grain MN.i.451.
Ved. dhānya, der. fr. dhana
adjective “rich in corn,” rich (see dhana) happy, fortunate, lucky. Often in combination dhanadhañña- Dhp-a.i.171; Dhp-a.iii.464 (dhaññādika one who is rich in grains etc., i.e. lucky); Dhs-a.116
■ dhaññapuñña-lakkhaṇa a sign of future good fortune & merit Pv-a.161; as adj. endowed with the mark of… Ja.vi.3 See also dhāniya.
Sk. dhānya, adj. to dhana or dhānya. Semantically cp. āḷhiya