- to trace, track travel (a road); practise, achieve, resort to Mil.359; Vv-a.58.
- to use, use up, spend Ja.i.102; Ja.iii.342 Ja.vi.369, Ja.vi.382, Ja.vi.521
ppr Pass. (a-)valañjiyamāna (not any longer) in use Ja.i.111
customarily explained as ava + lañj (cp. Geiger
§ 66#1), the root lañj being given as a Sk. root in meaning “to fry,” “to be strong,” and a variety of others (see Mon. Williams s. v. lañj). But the root & its derivations are only found in lexicographical and grammatical works, therefore it is doubtful whether it is genuine. lañja is given as “pada,” i.e. track, place foot, and also “tail.” We are inclined to see in lañj a by-form of lañch, which is a variant of lakṣ “to mark” etc. (cp. lañcha, lañchaka, ˚ana, ˚ita). Thus the meaning would range from originally “trace,” mark off, enclose, to: “being enclosed,” assigned or belonging to; i.e. moving (in), frequenting etc., as given in Commentarial explanations. There seems to be a Singhalese word at the root of it as it is certainly dialectical.
■ The Dhtm (522) laconically defines valañj as “valañjane”.