1. a swelling, esp. as a disease, an abscess, a boil. Freq. in similes with ref. to kāma and kāya. Mentioned with similar cutaneous diseases under kilāsa (q.v. for loci). As epithet of kāya SN.iv.83 = AN.iv.386 of kāmā AN.iii.310, AN.iv.289; Nd ii.on Snp.51; also Thig.491 (= dukkhatā sūlaya Thag-a.288); SN.iv.64 (= ejā) Snp.51, Snp.61 (variant reading for gaḷa); Ja.i.293; Vism.360 (˚pilakā) Dhp-a.iii.297 (gaṇḍ-ā-gaṇḍajāta, covered with all kinds of boils); Dhp-a.iv.175; Pv-a.55. Cp. Av. SN.ii.168#2.
  2. a stalk, a shaft, in Name of a plant-˚tindu-rukkha Ja.v.99 and in der. gaṇḍikā & gaṇḍī, cp. also Av. SN.ii.133#2.
  3. = gaṇḍuppāda in cpd. gaṇḍamattikā clay mixed with earth-worms Vin.ii.151 (cp. Bdhgh. gaṇḍuppādagūtha-mattikā clay mixed with excrement of earthworms Vin. Texts iii.172).
  • -uppāda (lit. producing upheavals, cp. a mole) an earth-worm, classed as a very low creature with kīṭā puḷavā at MN.iii.168; Ja.v.210 (˚pāṇa); Dhp-a.iii.361 (˚yoni) Snp-a.317.

a variation of gaṇṭha (-i), in both meanings of 1 swelling, knot, protuberance, and 2 the interstice between two knots or the whole of the knotty object i.e. stem, stalk