Alin, Ālin: 10 definitions


Alin means something in Hinduism, Sanskrit, Hindi. 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.

In Hinduism

Jyotisha (astronomy and astrology)

Source: Wisdom Library: Brihat Samhita by Varahamihira

1) Alin (अलिन्) or Vṛścika refers to the sign of Scorpio, according to the Bṛhatsaṃhitā (chapter 5), an encyclopedic Sanskrit work written by Varāhamihira mainly focusing on the science of ancient Indian astronomy astronomy (Jyotiṣa).—Accordingly, “If the sun and moon should begin to be eclipsed when only half risen, deceitful men will suffer as well as sacrificial rites. [...] If they should be eclipsed when in the sign of Libra (Tulā), the people of the extreme border lands on the west, the people of Sindha, the trading classes and the people of Kaccha will be afflicted with miseries. If when in the sign of Scorpio (Vṛścika) [i.e., alin], the people of Udambara, of Madra, of Colā and of Yaudheya will all suffer miseries along with soldiers armed with poisoned weapons”.

2) Alin (अलिन्) refers to “bees”, according to the Bṛhatsaṃhitā (chapter 12).—Accordingly, “Again in the season of autumn will be found the blue and white lotus growing side by side, hovered over by beautiful lines of bees, tender creepers adding beauty to the scene; the season therefore resembles a charming woman with blue eyes, fair face, black hair and thin brows. As if to view the beauty of the pure disc of her lord—the Moon, the summer lake opens at night her red lotus buds—her eyes of soft petals in which lie concealed the black bee [i.e., alin-līna-dala] serving as the pupil of the eye”.

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Jyotisha (ज्योतिष, jyotiṣa or jyotish) refers to ‘astronomy’ or “Vedic astrology” and represents the fifth of the six Vedangas (additional sciences to be studied along with the Vedas). Jyotisha concerns itself with the study and prediction of the movements of celestial bodies, in order to calculate the auspicious time for rituals and ceremonies.

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Languages of India and abroad

Sanskrit dictionary

Source: DDSA: The practical Sanskrit-English dictionary

Alin (अलिन्).—m. [al-ini]

1) A scorpion.

2) A bee; मलिनिमाऽलिनि माधवयोषिताम् (malinimā'lini mādhavayoṣitām) Śiśupālavadha 6.4. अभिषिषेच मरन्दरसामृतैर्नवलता बलतापनरत्नभम् (abhiṣiṣeca marandarasāmṛtairnavalatā balatāpanaratnabham) (alinam) Rām. ch.4.12.

-nī 1 A swarm of bees; अरमतालिनी शिलीन्ध्रे (aramatālinī śilīndhre) Śiśupālavadha 6.72; अलिनीजिष्णुः क (alinījiṣṇuḥ ka)नां चयः (nāṃ cayaḥ) Bhartṛhari 1.5.

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Ālin (आलिन्).—m. A scorpion.

Source: Cologne Digital Sanskrit Dictionaries: Shabda-Sagara Sanskrit-English Dictionary

Alin (अलिन्).—m. (-lī) 1. A large black bee. 2. A scorpion. E. ala a sting, and ini aff.

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Ālin (आलिन्).—m. (-lī) A scorpion. E. See āli, affix ini.

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

Alin (अलिन्).—see the next.

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

Alin (अलिन्).—[masculine] [feminine] male and female bee.

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

1) Alin (अलिन्):—[from ali] m. ‘possessed of a sting’ (ala q.v.), a (large black) bee, [Bhāgavata-purāṇa] etc.

2) [v.s. ...] a scorpion, [cf. Lexicographers, esp. such as amarasiṃha, halāyudha, hemacandra, etc.]

3) [v.s. ...] the Scorpion (in the zodiac), [Varāha-mihira’s Bṛhat-saṃhitā]

4) Ālin (आलिन्):—[from āli] m. a scorpion, [cf. Lexicographers, esp. such as amarasiṃha, halāyudha, hemacandra, etc.] (cf. alin.)

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

1) Alin (अलिन्):—(lī) 5. m. A large black bee; a scorpion.

2) Ālin (आलिन्):—(lī) 5. m. A scorpion.

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Alin 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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Hindi dictionary

Source: DDSA: A practical Hindi-English dictionary

Alin in Hindi refers in English to:—(nf) a side pillar..—alin (अलीन) is alternatively transliterated as Alīna.

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