adjective noun

  1. having as guide or forerunner, in Bhagavaṃ˚’ dhamma MN.i.310; AN.i.199 AN.iv.158, AN.iv.351; AN.v.355.
  2. a conduit for irrigation; one who makes conduits for watering Dhp.80 (= udakaṃ nenti nettikā), Dhp.145; fig. that which supplies with food or water, in bhava˚; (“the roots of existence, clinging to existence”) DN.i.46 (ucchinna˚ with the roots of existence cut); sanettika clinging to existence, a bad man AN.ii.54. Cp. netti.

netta + ika