Amshuka, Aṃśuka, Amsuka, Aṃsuka: 14 definitions


Amshuka means something in Hinduism, Sanskrit, Buddhism, Pali. 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.

The Sanskrit term Aṃśuka can be transliterated into English as Amsuka or Amshuka, using the IAST transliteration scheme (?).

In Hinduism

Purana and Itihasa (epic history)

Source: Shiva Purana - English Translation

Aṃśuka (अंशुक) refers to “fine silk”, according to the Śivapurāṇa 2.3.27 (“Description of the fraudulent words of the Brahmacārin”).—Accordingly, as Śiva (in guise of a Brahmacārin) said to Pārvatī: “[...] Handing over a gold coin you wish to buy a piece of glass. Setting aside the pure sandal paste you wish to smear mud over your body. Unmindful of the sunlight you wish to have the light of the glow worm. Throwing away the fine China silk [i.e., cīna-aṃśuka] you wish to wear the hide. Discarding the life at home you yearn for a life in the forest, O madam, throwing away excellent treasure you wish a piece of iron in return? [...]”.

Purana book cover
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The Purana (पुराण, purāṇas) refers to Sanskrit literature preserving ancient India’s vast cultural history, including historical legends, religious ceremonies, various arts and sciences. The eighteen mahapuranas total over 400,000 shlokas (metrical couplets) and date to at least several centuries BCE.

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General definition (in Hinduism)

Source: Wisdom Library: Hinduism

Aṃśuka (अंशुक) is a Sanskrit word referring to “cloth”, “garment”, “tie”, etc.

Languages of India and abroad

Pali-English dictionary

[«previous next»] — Amshuka in Pali glossary
Source: BuddhaSasana: Concise Pali-English Dictionary

aṃsuka : (nt.) cloth.

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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

Aṃśuka (अंशुक).—[aṃśavaḥ sūtrāṇi biṣayo yasya; aṃśu ṛśyādi° ka]

1) A cloth, garment in general; सितांशुका मङ्गलमात्रभूषणा (sitāṃśukā maṅgalamātrabhūṣaṇā) V.3.12; यत्रांशुकाक्षेपविलज्जितानां (yatrāṃśukākṣepavilajjitānāṃ) Kumārasambhava 1.14; चीनांशुकमिव केतोः (cīnāṃśukamiva ketoḥ) Ś.1.33; स्तन° (stana°) a breast-cloth.

2) A fine or white cloth; धुन्वन् कल्पद्रुमकिसलयान्यंशुकानीव वातैः (dhunvan kalpadrumakisalayānyaṃśukānīva vātaiḥ) Meghadūta 64; usually silken or muslin.

3) An upper garment; a mantle.

4) An under garment; कररुद्धनीविगलदंशुकाः स्त्रियः (kararuddhanīvigaladaṃśukāḥ striyaḥ) Śiśupālavadha 13.31.

5) A leaf.

6) Mild or gentle blaze of light (nātidīpti) (kaḥ also; svārthe kan.)

7) The string of a churning stick. cf अंशुकं नेत्रवस्त्रयोः (aṃśukaṃ netravastrayoḥ) | cf. also अंशुकं सूक्ष्मवस्त्रे स्यात् परिधानोत्तरीययोः । किरणानां समूहे च मुखवस्त्रे तदिष्यते (aṃśukaṃ sūkṣmavastre syāt paridhānottarīyayoḥ | kiraṇānāṃ samūhe ca mukhavastre tadiṣyate) || Nm.

Derivable forms: aṃśukam (अंशुकम्).

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

Aṃśuka (अंशुक).—n.

(-kaṃ) 1. Fine cloth, muslin. 2. A mantle, a wrapper, a robe, a linen garment worn round the upper part of the body. 3. Cloth in general. 4 White cloth, 5. A leaf. E. aṃśa and kan added.

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

Aṃśuka (अंशुक).—[aṃśu + ka], n. 1. A leaf. 2. Fine cloth; cloth; leaf and cloth, [Ṛtusaṃhāra] 6, 19.

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

Aṃśuka (अंशुक).—[neuter] garment, cloth.

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

1) Aṃśuka (अंशुक):—[from aṃśu] n. cloth

2) [v.s. ...] fine or white cloth, muslin [see cīnāṃśuka] [cf. Lexicographers, esp. such as amarasiṃha, halāyudha, hemacandra, etc.]

3) [v.s. ...] garment, upper garment

4) [v.s. ...] tie (for binding a churning-stick).

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

Aṃśuka (अंशुक):—n.

(-kam) 1) Fine cloth, muslin.

2) Cloth in general.

3) A mantle, a wrapper, a linen garment worn round the upper part of the body.

4) White cloth.

5) The leaf of the Laurus Cassia. E. aṃśu, taddh. aff. ka. Acc. to another E. a [tatpurusha compound] composed of aṃśu and ka (kāś, kṛt aff. ḍa).

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

Aṃśuka (अंशुक):—(kaṃ) 1. n. Cloth; robe; leaf.

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

Aṃśuka (अंशुक) in the Sanskrit language is related to the Prakrit word: Aṃsuya.

[Sanskrit to German]

Amshuka 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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Kannada-English dictionary

Source: Alar: Kannada-English corpus

Aṃśuka (ಅಂಶುಕ):—

1) [noun] a long unsewn cloth to wear round the waist or to use as a cover for upper portion of the body.

2) [noun] a fine white cloth.

3) [noun] a ray of light.

4) [noun] a leaf of a plant.

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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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