Alu, aka: Ālu; 10 Definition(s)


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

Vyakarana (Sanskrit grammar)

Ālu (आलु).—tad. affix in the sense 'तन्न (tanna) xxयते (yate)' e.g. शीतालुः, उष्णालुः (śītāluḥ, uṣṇāluḥ) P.V.2.122.

Source: Wikisource: A dictionary of Sanskrit grammar
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Vyakarana (व्याकरण, vyākaraṇa) refers to Sanskrit grammar and represents one of the six additional sciences (vedanga) to be studied along with the Vedas. Vyakarana concerns itself with the rules of Sanskrit grammar and linguistic analysis in order to establish the correct context of words and sentences.

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In Jainism

General definition (in Jainism)

Ālu (आलु) in Prakrit or Āluka in Sanskrit refers to taro (Arum colocasia). Today this word tends to be given the meaning of ‘potato’. This plant is classifed as ananta-kāya, or “plants that are inhabited by an infinite number of living organisms”, and therefore are abhakṣya (forbidden to consume) according to both Nemicandra (in his Pravacana-sāroddhāra v245-246) and Hemacandra (in his Yogaśāstra 3.44-46). Those plants which are classifiedas ananta-kāyas (eg., ālu) seem to be chosen because of certain morphological peculiarities such as the possession of bulbs or rhizomes orthe habit of periodically shedding their leaves; and in general theyare characterized by possibilities of vegetative reproduction.

Source: Jaina Yoga
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Jainism is an Indian religion of Dharma whose doctrine revolves around harmlessness (ahimsa) towards every living being. The two major branches (Digambara and Svetambara) of Jainism stimulate self-control (or, shramana, ‘self-reliance’) and spiritual development through a path of peace for the soul to progess to the ultimate goal.

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Languages of India and abroad

Pali-English dictionary

ālu : (nt.) edible root or bulb; yam.

Source: BuddhaSasana: Concise Pali-English Dictionary

Ālu, (nt.) (Sk. ālu & °ka; cognate with Lat. ālum & alium, see Walde Lat. Wtb. under alium) a bulbous plant, Radix Globosa Esculenta or Amorphophallus (Kern), Arum Campanulatum (Hardy) J.IV, 371 = VI, 578; IV, 373. (Page 109)

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

aḷū (अळू).—m A tree and its fruit. Its fruit is sweetish and of the color of snuff. 2 A vegetable. Arum campanulatum. Sykes. Also Calladium esc. In the Konkan the form is aḷūṃ.

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ālu (आलु).—m S An esculent root, Arum campanulatum. Applied also to the yam, potato &c.

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ālū (आलू).—m ālūbōkhāra m ( P) Prunes from Bukhara, Persian prunes.

Source: DDSA: The Molesworth Marathi and English Dictionary

ālu (आलु).—m An esculent root.

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ālū (आलू).—m ālūbōkhāra m Prunes from Bu- khara, Persian prunes.

Source: DDSA: The Aryabhusan school dictionary, Marathi-English
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Marathi is an Indo-European language having over 70 million native speakers people in (predominantly) Maharashtra India. Marathi, like many other Indo-Aryan languages, evolved from early forms of Prakrit, which itself is a subset of Sanskrit, one of the most ancient languages of the world.

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Sanskrit-English dictionary

Alu (अलु).—[al-un] A small water pot.

Derivable forms: aluḥ (अलुः).

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Ālu (आलु).—

1) An owl.

2) An esculent root (not applied to potato &c.).

3) Ebony; black ebony.

-luḥ f. A pitcher, waterjar.

-lu n. A raft, float.

Derivable forms: āluḥ (आलुः).

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Ālū (आलू).—See आलु (ālu).

Source: DDSA: The practical Sanskrit-English dictionary

Ālu (आलु).—m. (or f.; Sanskrit Lex. nt., and Sanskrit āluka, nt.; Pali ālu, nt. acc. to PTSD; but AMg. ālu, m. acc. to Rat- nach., Prakrit m. and nt. acc. to Sheth), a certain edible tuber: Mvy 5730 āluḥ.

Source: Cologne Digital Sanskrit Dictionaries: Edgerton Buddhist Hybrid Sanskrit Dictionary
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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. 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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Āluka (आलुक).—1) A kind of ebony (kāmālu).2) An epithet of Śeṣa.-kam An esculent root.Derivable...
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Purisa, (according to Geiger, Gr. § 303 the base is *pūrṣa, from which the Vedic form puruṣa, a...
Uṣṇālu (उष्णालु).—mfn. (-luḥ-luḥ-lu) Suffering from heat. E. uṣṇa and ālu aff.
Piṇḍala (पिण्डल).—m. (-laḥ) A bridge, a causeway, a passage over a stream or ravine, &c. or...
Ay (अय्).—1 A. (sometimes P. also, especially with ud) (ayate, ayāñcakre, ayitum, ayita.) To go...
aḷavīṇa (अळवीण).—f (aḷū) The tree bearing the fruit aḷū or Calladium esculentum.
Hiṃsālu (हिंसालु).—[hiṃsā astyarthe ālu]1) Injurious, mischievous, hurtful.2) Murderous. -m. A ...
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