tangible, touch, contact; it is synonymous with phassa, which it replaces in psychol. terminology. Phoṭṭhabbaṃ is the senseobject of kāya (or taca) touch (“kāyena phoṭṭhabbaṃ phusitvā” DN.iii.226, DN.iii.250, DN.iii.269; Cnd.p.238 under rūpa) See also āyatana
■ DN.iii.102 (in list of ajjhattikabāhirāni āyatanāni: kāyo c’ eva phoṭṭhabbā ca; with pl. like m.); Vb-a.79 (˚dhātu).
grd. of phusati