Amalaki, Āmalakī, Āmalaki: 18 definitions


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In Hinduism

Ayurveda (science of life)

Source: Wisdom Library: Āyurveda and botany

1) Āmalakī (आमलकी) is a Sanskrit word referring to the “emblic myrobalan”, a species of tree of the family Phyllanthaceae, and is used throughout Ayurvedic literature such as the Caraka-saṃhitā. The official botanical name of the plant is Phyllanthus emblica and is commonly known in English as the “myrobalan”, “Indian gooseberry” or the “Malacca tree”. In traditional Indian medicine, the dried and fresh fruits are used for various medicinal recipies.

2) Āmalakī (आमलकी):—Another name for Dhātrī (Emblica officinalis), a species of medicinal plant and used in the treatment of fever (jvara), as described in the Jvaracikitsā (or “the treatment of fever”) which is part of the 7th-century Mādhavacikitsā, a Sanskrit classical work on Āyurveda. In this work, the plant is mentioned being part of the Triphalā group of medicinal drugs.

Source: Google Books: Essentials of Ayurveda

Āmalakī (आमलकी).—The Sanskrit name for an important Ayurvedic drug.—It is also known as ‘Dhātrī’ because it nurses the people and protects them against diseases. The fruit of āmalakī destroys mainly pitta and is vṛṣya (semen-promoting) and balya (general tonic).

Source: PMC: Ayurvedic management of postlumbar myelomeningocele surgery

Among Triphalā, Caraka identifies Āmalaki (Emblica officinalis) to be the best fruit bestowed with Vayassthāpana activity (youth retaining activity). Both harītakī and āmalakī are attributed with Medhya property.

Source: Ancient Science of Life: Evaluation of Cyavanaprāśa on Health and Immunity related Parameters in Healthy Children

Āmalakī (आमलकी) refers to the medicinal plant known as Emblica officinalis, Fr., and is used in the Ayurvedic formulation known as Cyavanaprāśa: an Ayurvedic health product that helps in boosting immunity.—Cyavanaprāśa has been found to be effective as an immunity booster, vitalizer and a preventer of day to day infections and allergies such as common cold and cough etc. It is a classical Ayurvedic formulation comprising ingredients such as Āmalakī. [...] Cyavanaprāśa can be consumed in all seasons as it contains weather friendly ingredients which nullify unpleasant effects due to extreme environmental and climatic conditions.

Source: Ancient Science of Life: Botanical identification of plants described in Mādhava Cikitsā

Āmalakī (आमलकी) (one of the Triphala) refers to the medicinal plant Emblica officinalis Gaertn. Syn. Phyllanthus emblica L., and is used in the treatment of atisāra (diarrhoea), according to the 7th century Mādhavacikitsā chapter 2. Atisāra refers to a condition where there are three or more loose or liquid stools (bowel movements) per day or more stool than normal.  The second chapter of the Mādhavacikitsā explains several preparations [including Āmalakī] through 60 Sanskrit verses about treating this problem.

Source: eJournal of Indian Medicine: Jajjaṭa’s Nirantarapadavyākhyā and Other Commentaries on the Carakasaṃhitā

Āmalakī (आमलकी) is a synonym of Āmalaka, which refers to Emblica officinalis Gaertn., and is a medicinal plant mentioned in the 7th-century Nirantarapadavyākhyā by Jejjaṭa (or Jajjaṭa): one of the earliest extant and, therefore, one of the most important commentaries on the Carakasaṃhitā.—Synonym of Āmalaka: Āmalakī.—(Cf. Glossary of Vegetable Drugs in Bṛhattrayī 36, Singh and Chunekar, 1999).—Cf. Phyllanthus emblica Linn. (Cf. Indian Medicinal Plants 4:256, Arya Vaidya Sala, 1993-96.).—Note: Emblica officinalis Gaertn. is a synonym of Phyllanthus emblica L.—(Cf. The Plant List, A Working List of All Plant Species, Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew and Missouri Botanical Garden).

Source: Shodhganga: Kasyapa Samhita—Text on Visha Chikitsa

Āmalakī (आमलकी) (or Āmalaka) is the name of an ingredient used in the treatment of snake-bites such as those caused by the Kṛṣṇamaṇḍalī-snakes, according to the Kāśyapa Saṃhitā: an ancient Sanskrit text from the Pāñcarātra tradition dealing with both Tantra and Viṣacikitsā—an important topic from Āyurveda which deals with the study of Toxicology (Viṣavidyā or Sarpavidyā).—Accordingly, one of the treatments is mentioned as follows: “A compound of a measure of powdered kernel of Āmalakī (Myrobalan), Guñjā and dry ginger boiled in water to one eigth quantity mixed with ghee must be given to b the victim as a drink”.

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Āyurveda (आयुर्वेद, ayurveda) is a branch of Indian science dealing with medicine, herbalism, taxology, anatomy, surgery, alchemy and related topics. Traditional practice of Āyurveda in ancient India dates back to at least the first millenium BC. Literature is commonly written in Sanskrit using various poetic metres.

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Vaishnavism (Vaishava dharma)

Source: ISKCON Press: Glossary

Āmalakī (आमलकी).—A tree that Nārada Muni brought from the spiritual world to the material realm to please the Supreme Lord. Its fruits are very rich in vitamin C.

Source: Devotees Vaishnavas: Śrī Garga Saṃhitā

Āmalakī (आमलकी) refers to the eighth of twenty-six ekādaśīs according to the Garga-saṃhitā 4.8.9. Accordingly, “to attain Lord Kṛṣṇa’s mercy you should follow the vow of fasting on ekādaśī. In that way You will make Lord Kṛṣṇa into your submissive servant. Of this there is no doubt”. A person who chants the names of these twenty-six ekādaśīs (e.g., Āmalakī) attains the result of following ekādaśī for one year.

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Vaishnava (वैष्णव, vaiṣṇava) or vaishnavism (vaiṣṇavism) represents a tradition of Hinduism worshipping Vishnu as the supreme Lord. Similar to the Shaktism and Shaivism traditions, Vaishnavism also developed as an individual movement, famous for its exposition of the dashavatara (‘ten avatars of Vishnu’).

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General definition (in Hinduism)

Source: Wisdom Library: Hinduism

Āmalakī (आमलकी)—Sanskrit word for the plant “emblic myrobalan” (Phyllanthus emblica).

Languages of India and abroad

Pali-English dictionary

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Source: BuddhaSasana: Concise Pali-English Dictionary

āmalakī : (f.) emblic myrobalan, Phyllanthus Emblica.

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

Āmalakī, (f.) āmalaka Vin.I, 30; M.I, 456 (°vana). (Page 104)

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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

āmalakī (आमलकी).—f S A tree, Phyllanthus emblica. 2 Dried myrobalans.

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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 dictionary

Source: DDSA: The practical Sanskrit-English dictionary

Āmalakī (आमलकी).—

1) The tree, Emblic Myrobalan, Emblica Officinalis Gaertn (Mar. āṃvaḷā).

2) Name of another tree (vāsaka).

-kam Fruit of the Emblic Myrobalan; बदरामलकाम्रदाडिमानाम् (badarāmalakāmradāḍimānām) Bv.2.8.

See also (synonyms): āmalaka.

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

Āmalakī (आमलकी):—[from āmalaka] cf. [Religious Thought and Life in India 339; 568]

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

Āmalakī (आमलकी) in the Sanskrit language is related to the Prakrit word: Āmalaī.

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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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Kannada-English dictionary

Source: Alar: Kannada-English corpus

Āmalaki (ಆಮಲಕಿ):—[noun] = ಆಮಲಕ [amalaka].

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Āmaḷaki (ಆಮಳಕಿ):—[noun] = ಆಮಲಕ [amalaka].

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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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