Alla, Allā: 12 definitions


Alla means something in Hinduism, Sanskrit, Buddhism, Pali, the history of ancient India, Jainism, Prakrit, 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.

India history and geography

Source: Project Gutenberg: Castes and Tribes of Southern India, Volume 1

Alla (“grain”) is one of the exogamous septs (divisions) among the Kapus (the largest caste in the Madras Presidency). The Kapus or Reddis (Ratti) appear to have been a powerful Dravidian tribe in the early centuries of the Christian era. The term Kapu means a watchman, and Reddi means a king.

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The history of India traces the identification of countries, villages, towns and other regions of India, as well as mythology, zoology, royal dynasties, rulers, tribes, local festivities and traditions and regional languages. Ancient India enjoyed religious freedom and encourages the path of Dharma, a concept common to Buddhism, Hinduism, and Jainism.

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Biology (plants and animals)

Source: Wisdom Library: Local Names of Plants and Drugs

Alla in the Kannada language is the name of a plant identified with Zingiber officinale Roscoe from the Zingiberaceae (Ginger) family. For the possible medicinal usage of alla, you can check this page for potential sources and references, although be aware that any some or none of the side-effects may not be mentioned here, wether they be harmful or beneficial to health.

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

1) Alla in India is the name of a plant defined with Girardinia diversifolia in various botanical sources. This page contains potential references in Ayurveda, modern medicine, and other folk traditions or local practices It has the synonym Girardinia adoensis (Steud.) Wedd. (among others).

2) Alla is also identified with Mimosa rubicaulis It has the synonym Mimosa octandra Roxb. (etc.).

3) Alla is also identified with Zingiber officinale It has the synonym Amomum zinziba Hill (etc.).

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

· Annales du musée du Congo. Série 1, Botanique (1903)
· Enumeratio Plantarum Horti Regii Berolinensis Altera (1822)
· Bull. Bot. Survey India (1972)
· Acta Botanica Yunnanica (1982)
· Cytologia (1997)
· Sinensia (1932)

If you are looking for specific details regarding Alla, for example chemical composition, diet and recipes, pregnancy safety, extract dosage, side effects, health benefits, have a look at these references.

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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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Languages of India and abroad

Pali-English dictionary

Source: BuddhaSasana: Concise Pali-English Dictionary

alla : (adj.) moist; wet; green; fresh.

Source: Sutta: The Pali Text Society's Pali-English Dictionary

Alla, (adj.) (only °-) (Vedic ārdra, to Gr. a)ρdw moisten, a)ρda dirt) — 1. moist, wet M.III, 94 (°mattikā-puñja a heap of moist clay; may be taken in meaning 2). — 2. fresh (opp. stale), new; freshly plucked, gathered or caught, viz.°âvalepana see adda3; °kusamuṭṭhi freshly plucked grass A.V, 234 = 249; °gomaya fresh dung A.V, 234; DhA.I, 377; °camma living skin Vism.195; °tiṇa fresh grass DA.I, 77; PvA.40; °dārūni green sticks J.I, 318; °madhu fresh honey DhA.II, 197; °maṃsa-sarīra a body of living flesh DhA.II, 51 = IV, 166; °rasa fresh-tasting DhA.II, 155; °rohita-maccha fresh fish J.III, 333. ‹-› 3. wet = with connotation of clean (through being washed), freshly washed, °kesa with clean hair PvA.82 (sīsaṃ nahātvā allakesa); usually combd. with allavattha with clean clothes (in an ablution; often as a sign of mourning) Ud.14, 91; DhA.IV, 220; or with odāta vattha (id.) J.III, 425. °pāṇi with clean hand Pv.II, 99 (= dhotapāṇi PvA.116). (For analla-gatta at S.I, 183 better read, with ibid 169, an-allīna-gatta. For allacamma at DhA.IV, 132 alagadda-camma, with the v.l., is preferable). (Page 79)

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Pali is the language of the Tipiṭaka, which is the sacred canon of Theravāda Buddhism and contains much of the Buddha’s speech. Closeley related to Sanskrit, both languages are used interchangeably between religions.

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Sanskrit dictionary

Source: DDSA: The practical Sanskrit-English dictionary

Allā (अल्ला).—(Ety. ?)

1) A mother (Voc. alla) अम्बार्थनद्योर्ह्रस्वः (ambārthanadyorhrasvaḥ) P.VII.3.17.

2) The Supreme Goddess.

3) See अल्लकम् (allakam).

-llaḥ The Supreme God etc. (allopaniṣat).

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

Allā (अल्ला).—f.

(-llā) A mother, in dramatic language.

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

Allā (अल्ला):—f. ([vocative case] alla), a mother, [Pāṇini 7-3, 107 [Scholiast or Commentator]]

[Sanskrit to German]

Alla 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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Prakrit-English dictionary

Source: DDSA: Paia-sadda-mahannavo; a comprehensive Prakrit Hindi dictionary

Alla (अल्ल) in the Prakrit language is related to the Sanskrit word: Nam.

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Prakrit is an ancient language closely associated with both Pali and Sanskrit. Jain literature is often composed in this language or sub-dialects, such as the Agamas and their commentaries which are written in Ardhamagadhi and Maharashtri Prakrit. The earliest extant texts can be dated to as early as the 4th century BCE although core portions might be older.

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Kannada-English dictionary

Source: Alar: Kannada-English corpus

Alla (ಅಲ್ಲ):—

1) [noun] the plant Zingiber officinale of Zingiberaceae family.

2) [noun] its root-stock; ginger.

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Alla (ಅಲ್ಲ):—[adverb] a particle of negation or word expressing the idea of the word 'no' of English; not.

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Allā (ಅಲ್ಲಾ):—[noun] Allah, the Muslim name for God.

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Kannada is a Dravidian language (as opposed to the Indo-European language family) mainly spoken in the southwestern region of India.

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