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san·gha

 (sŭng′gə)
n.
1. The worldwide community of Buddhist monks and nuns, and sometimes Buddhist laity.
2. A particular community of Buddhist monks and nuns, or of the monks, nuns, and laity engaged in Buddhist practice.

[Sanskrit saṃghaḥ, assemblage, community, from saṃhanti, he strikes together, puts together : sam, together; see sem- in Indo-European roots + hanti, he strikes; see gwhen- in Indo-European roots.]

sangha

(ˈsɑnˌɡə)
n
(Buddhism)
a. the Buddhist community
b. (in Theravada Buddhism) the monastic order
[from Sanskrit: group, congregation]
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