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sutra (n.)

in Buddhism, "series of aphorisms" concerning ceremonies, rites, and conduct, 1801, from Sanskrit sutram "rule," literally "string, thread" (as a measure of straightness), from sivyati "sew," from PIE root *syu- "to bind, sew." Applied also to rules of grammar, law, philosophy, etc., along with their commentaries.

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Definitions of sutra

sutra (n.)
a rule or aphorism in Sanskrit literature or a group of aphoristic doctrinal summaries prepared for memorization;
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