1. a round jar, waterpot (= kulālabhājana earthenware Dhp-a.i.317), frequent in similes, either as illustrating fragility or emptiness and fullness: AN.i.130, AN.i.131 = Pp.32; AN.v.337; SN.ii.83; Mil.414. As uda˚ waterpot Dhp.121; Ja.i.20; Pv.i.12#9
  2. one of the frontal globes of an elephant Vin.ii.195 (hatthissa); Vv-a.182 (˚ālankārā ornaments for these).

-ūpama resembling a jar, of kāya Dhp.40 (= Dhp-a.i.317); of var. kinds of puggalā AN.ii.104 = Pp.45 -kāra 1 a potter; enumerated with other occupations and trades at DN.i.51 = Mil.331. Vin.iv.7. In similes, generally referring to his skill DN.i.78 = MN.ii.18 Vism.142, Vism.376; Snp.577; Dhp-a.i.39 (˚sālā). rāja˚ the king’s potter Ja.i.121. 2 a bird (Phasianus gallus Hardy) Vv-a.163
■ compounds: ˚antevāsin the potter’s apprentice DN.i.78 = MN.ii.18; -˚nivesana the dwelling of a potter Vin.i.342, Vin.i.344; SN.iii.119; ˚pāka the potter’s oven SN.ii.83; AN.iv.102; ˚-putta son of a potter (cp. Dial. i.100), a potter Vin.iii.41 sq. -kārikā a large earthen vessel (used as a hut to live in Bdhgh) Vin.ii.143, cp. Vin. Texts iii.156; -ṭṭhānakathā gossip at the well DN.i.8 = DN.iii.36 = AN.v.128; SN.v.419, explained. at DN-a.i.90 by udaka-ṭṭhānakathā, with variant udakatittha-kathā ti pi vuccati kumbha-dāsikathā vā; -thūṇa a sort of drum DN.i.6 (expl. at DN-a.i.84 caturassara-ammaṇakatāḷaṃ kumbhasaddan ti pi eke) DN.iii.183; Ja.v.506 (pāṇissaraṃ +). -˚ika one who plays that kind of drum Vin.iv.285 = Vin.iv.302; -tthenaka of cora a thief, “who steals by means of a pot” (i.e. lights his candle under a pot (?) Bdhgh on Vin.ii.256, cp. Vin Texts iii.325 “robber burglars”) only in simile Vin.ii.256 = SN.ii.264 = AN.iv.278; -dāsī a slave girl who brings the water from the well DN.i.168; Mil.331; Dhp-a.i.401 (udakatitthato k˚ viya ānītā). -dūhana milking into the pitchers, giving a pail of milk (of gāvo, cows) Snp.309 cp. kuṇḍi; -bhāramatta as much as a pot can hold Ja.v.46; -matta of the size of a pot, in kumbhamattarahassangā mahodarā yakkhā, explanation. of kumbhaṇḍā Ja.iii.147.

for etym. s. kūpa and cp. Low Ger. kump or kumme, a round pot