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Cyclopedia of Biblical, Theological and Ecclesiastical Literature
is one of the Hindu castes said to have sprung from the thigh of Brahma. They are the productive capitalists, and their duties are to keep cattle, carry on trade, lend on interest, cultivate the soil, and turn their attention to every description of practical knowledge. (See INDIAN CASTE).
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McClintock, John. Strong, James. Entry for 'Vaishya'. Cyclopedia of Biblical, Theological and Ecclesiastical Literature. https://www.studylight.org/encyclopedias/eng/tce/v/vaishya.html. Harper & Brothers. New York. 1870.