Alakam, Aḷakam, Ālakam, Āḷakam, Aḻakam: 6 definitions


Alakam means something in Hinduism, Sanskrit, biology, Tamil. If you want to know the exact meaning, history, etymology or English translation of this term then check out the descriptions on this page. Add your comment or reference to a book if you want to contribute to this summary article.

The Sanskrit terms Aḷakam and Āḷakam can be transliterated into English as Alakam or Aliakam, using the IAST transliteration scheme (?).

Biology (plants and animals)

Source: Google Books: CRC World Dictionary (Regional names)

1) Alakam in India is the name of a plant defined with Calotropis gigantea in various botanical sources. This page contains potential references in Ayurveda, modern medicine, and other folk traditions or local practices It has the synonym Periploca cochinchinensis Lour. (among others).

2) Alakam is also identified with Cirsium verutum It has the synonym Cnicus verutus D. Don (etc.).

3) Alakam is also identified with Nymphaea lotus.

Example references for further research on medicinal uses or toxicity (see latin names for full list):

· Taxon (1977)
· The Flora of British India (1872)
· Taxon (1980)
· Systema Vegetabilium (1826)
· Hortus Kewensis (1811)
· Science and Culture (1980)

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This sections includes definitions from the five kingdoms of living things: Animals, Plants, Fungi, Protists and Monera. It will include both the official binomial nomenclature (scientific names usually in Latin) as well as regional spellings and variants.

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Sanskrit dictionary

Source: DDSA: The practical Sanskrit-English dictionary

Alakam (अलकम्).—ind. In vain, for nothing; Ṛgveda 1.71.6.

Source: Cologne Digital Sanskrit Dictionaries: Cappeller Sanskrit-English Dictionary

Alakam (अलकम्).—[adverb] in vain, for nothing.

Source: Cologne Digital Sanskrit Dictionaries: Monier-Williams Sanskrit-English Dictionary

Alakam (अलकम्):—ind. in vain, for nothing, [Ṛg-veda x, 71, 6 and 108, 7.]

[Sanskrit to German]

Alakam in German

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Sanskrit, also spelled संस्कृतम् (saṃskṛtam), is an ancient language of India commonly seen as the grandmother of the Indo-European language family (even English!). Closely allied with Prakrit and Pali, Sanskrit is more exhaustive in both grammar and terms and has the most extensive collection of literature in the world, greatly surpassing its sister-languages Greek and Latin.

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