Amalaki, aka: Āmalakī, Āmalaki; 10 Definition(s)

Introduction

Amalaki means something in Hinduism, Sanskrit, Buddhism, Pali, 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

Ayurveda (science of life)

[Amalaki in Ayurveda glossaries]

1) Āmalakī (आमलकी) is a Sanskrit word referring to the “emblic myrobalan”, a species of tree of the family Phyllanthaceae, and is used throughout Āyurvedic 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 Mādhavacikitsā, a Sanskrit classical work on Āyurveda. In this work, the plant is mentioned being part of the Triphalā group of medicinal drugs.

(Source): Wisdom Library: Āyurveda and botany

Āmalakī (आमलकी).—The Sanskrit name for an important Āyurvedic 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): Google Books: Essentials of Ayurveda

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): PMC: Ayurvedic management of postlumbar myelomeningocele surgery
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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)

[Amalaki in Vaishnavism glossaries]

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 (eg., Āmalakī) attains the result of following ekādaśī for one year.

(Source): Devotees Vaishnavas: Śrī Garga Saṃhitā
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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)

[Amalaki in Hinduism glossaries]

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

(Source): Wisdom Library: Hinduism

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): ISKCON Press: Glossary

Languages of India and abroad

Pali-English dictionary

[Amalaki in Pali glossaries]

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

(Source): BuddhaSasana: Concise Pali-English Dictionary

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

(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

[Amalaki in Marathi glossaries]

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

(Source): DDSA: The Molesworth Marathi and English Dictionary
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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

[Amalaki in Sanskrit glossaries]

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): DDSA: The practical Sanskrit-English 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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