Alu, Ālu: 13 definitions


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.

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In Hinduism

Vyakarana (Sanskrit grammar)

Source: Wikisource: A dictionary of Sanskrit grammar

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

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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)

Source: Jaina Yoga

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 classified as 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.

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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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India history and geogprahy

Source: Cologne Digital Sanskrit Dictionaries: Indian Epigraphical Glossary

Aḻu.—(SITI), Tamil; a variety of market dues; probably, the same as aḻḻu and aḻḻāya-mānyam. Note: aḻu is defined in the “Indian epigraphical glossary” as it can be found on ancient inscriptions commonly written in Sanskrit, Prakrit or Dravidian languages.

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The history of India traces the identification of countries, villages, towns and other regions of India, as well as 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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Languages of India and abroad

Pali-English dictionary

Source: BuddhaSasana: Concise Pali-English Dictionary

ālu : (nt.) edible root or bulb; yam.

Source: Sutta: The Pali Text Society's 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)

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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

Source: DDSA: The Molesworth Marathi and 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 Aryabhusan school dictionary, Marathi-English

ālu (आलु).—m An esculent root.

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

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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

Source: DDSA: The practical 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: Cologne Digital Sanskrit Dictionaries: Edgerton Buddhist Hybrid Sanskrit Dictionary

Ālu (आलु).—m. (or f.; Sanskrit Lex. nt., and Sanskrit āluka, nt.; Pali ālu, nt. according to [Pali Text Society’s Pali-English Dictionary]; but AMg. ālu, m. according to Rat- nach., Prakrit m. and nt. according to [Paia-sadda-mahaṇṇavo]), a certain edible tuber: Mahāvyutpatti 5730 āluḥ.

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

Alu (अलु).—f.

(-luḥ) A small water pot. E. to go, and uc affix, ra becomes la; also ālu.

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Ālu (आलु).—f.

(-luḥ) A pitcheer, a small water jar. mn. (-luḥ-lu) 1. An esculent root, (Arum campanulatum:) in the modern dialects this name is applied to the yam, potatoe, &c. 2. A raft, a float. m.

(-luḥ) An owl. E. to go, and uṇ affix, āru what goes, (in the earth, water, &c.) the initial is lengthened, and ra is changed to la.

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

Ālu (आलु).—n. A vessel, [Hitopadeśa] iii. [distich] 52.

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

Ālu (आलु).—[feminine] a small water-jar; [neuter] raft, float.

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Ālū (आलू).—[feminine] a small water-jar; [neuter] raft, float.

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Ālū (आलू).—tear or pluck off.

Ālū is a Sanskrit compound consisting of the terms ā and (लू).

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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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