from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. Any of a genre of Buddhist texts containing stories about a former birth of Gautama Buddha.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A nativity; birth-story; specifically, an account of the life of Buddha in one of his successive human existences.
Sanskrit Jātakam, from neut. of jātaka-, engendered (by), born (under), from jāta-, past participle of janate, he is born; see genə- in Indo-European roots.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)