the hair of the head SN.i.115 (haṭa-haṭa-k˚, with dishevelled hair) AN.i.138 (palita-kesa with grey hair; also at Ja.i.59) Snp.456 (nivutta˚), Snp.608; Thag.169; Ja.i.59, Ja.i.138; Ja.iii.393; Mil.26; Kp-a.42; Vism.353 (in detail). The wearing of long hair was forbidden to the Bhikkhus: Vin.ii.107 sq.; Vin.ii.133 (cp. kesa-massu)
■ dark (glossy) hair is a distinction of beauty: susukāḷa-keso (of Gotama DN.i.115; cp. kaṇha and kalyāṇa; Pv-a.26
■ The hair of Petas is long and dishevelled Pv-a.56; Sdhp.103 it is the only cover of their nakedness: kesehi paṭicchanna “covered only with my hair” Pv.i.10#2
■ kesesu gahetvā to take by the hair (in Niraya) DN.i.234
■ kesaṃ oropeti to have one’s hair cut Vin.ii.133.
-oropaṇa (-satthaka) a hair-cutting (knife), i.e. a razor Dhp-a.i.431; -ohāraka one who cuts the hair, a barber Vism.413. -kambala a hair blanket (according to Bdhgh human hair) DN.i.167 = AN.i.240, AN.i.295 = AN.ii.206; Vin.i.305 = MN.i.78 = Pp.55; AN.i.286. -kambalin wearing a hair blanket (of Ajita) DN.i.55. -kalāpā (pl. (atimanohara˚) beautiful tresses Pv-a.46; -kalyāṇa beauty of hair Dhp-a.i.387
■ kārika hairdresser Vv.17#5 -dhātu the hair-relic (of the Buddha) Ja.i.81; -nivāsin covered only with hair of Petas (: keseh’ eva paṭicchādita-kopīnā) Pv.iii.1#6. -massu hair and beard; kappita-k˚-m˚ (adj.) with h. and b. dressed DN.i.104; AN.iv.94; Ja.vi.268. Esp. freq. in form kesa-massuṃ ohāretvā kāsāyāni vatthāni acchādetvā agārasmā anagāriyaṃ pabbajati “to shave off hair & beard, dress in yellow robes and leave the home for the homeless state, i.e. renounce the world and take up the life of a Wanderer DN.i.60, DN.i.115; DN.iii.60, DN.iii.64, DN.iii.76; AN.i.107; AN.iii.386; Iti.75; Pp.57; similarly AN.ii.207 = Pp.56. -sobha the splendour or beauty of the hair Pv-a.46. -hattha a tuft of hair Pv-a.157; Vv-a.167.
Vedic keśa; cp. kesara hair, mane = Lat. caesaries, hair of the head, Ags. heord = E. hair