Aphala: 16 definitions


Aphala means something in Hinduism, Sanskrit, Buddhism, Pali, Marathi, Jainism, Prakrit, biology. 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)

Source: Wisdom Library: Raj Nighantu

Aphala (अफल) refers to “fruitless trees”, as mentioned in a list of four synonyms in the second chapter (dharaṇyādi-varga) of the 13th-century Raj Nighantu or Rājanighaṇṭu (an Ayurvedic encyclopedia). The Dharaṇyādi-varga covers the lands, soil, mountains, jungles and vegetation’s relations between trees [viz., Aphala] and plants and substances, with their various kinds.

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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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Biology (plants and animals)

Source: Google Books: CRC World Dictionary (Regional names)

1) Aphala in India is the name of a plant defined with Aloe vera in various botanical sources. This page contains potential references in Ayurveda, modern medicine, and other folk traditions or local practices It has the synonym Aloe vulgaris Lam. (among others).

2) Aphala is also identified with Tamarix troupii.

Example references for further research on medicinal uses or toxicity (see latin names for full list):

· Journal of the Linnean Society, Botany (1880)
· Fl. Mesoamer. (1994)
· Das Pflanzenreich (1908)
· Species Plantarum (1753)
· The Gardeners Dictionary (1768)
· Synopseos Plantarum (Persoon) (1805)

If you are looking for specific details regarding Aphala, for example chemical composition, diet and recipes, pregnancy safety, extract dosage, health benefits, side effects, have a look at these references.

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This sections includes definitions from the five kingdoms of living things: Animals, Plants, Fungi, Protists and Monera. It will include both the official binomial nomenclature (scientific names usually in Latin) as well as regional spellings and variants.

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Languages of India and abroad

Pali-English dictionary

Source: BuddhaSasana: Concise Pali-English Dictionary

aphala : (adj.) fruitless; vain; useless.

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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

aphala (अफल).—a (S) pop. aphaḷa a Fruitless.

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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

Aphala (अफल).—a. [na. ba.]

1) Unfruitful, fruitless, barren (lit. & fig.); याः फलिनीर्या अफलाः (yāḥ phalinīryā aphalāḥ) Ṛgveda 1.97.15. °ला ओषधयः, °लं कार्यम् (lā oṣadhayaḥ, °laṃ kāryam) &c.

2) Unproductive, useless, vain; यथा षण्ढोऽ- फलः स्त्रीषु यथा गौर्गवि चाफला । यथा चाज्ञेऽफलं दानं तथा विप्रोऽ- नृचोऽफलः (yathā ṣaṇḍho'- phalaḥ strīṣu yathā gaurgavi cāphalā | yathā cājñe'phalaṃ dānaṃ tathā vipro'- nṛco'phalaḥ) Manusmṛti 2.158.

3) Deprived of virility, castrated; emasculated; अफलोऽहं कृतस्तेन क्रोधात्सा च निराकृता (aphalo'haṃ kṛtastena krodhātsā ca nirākṛtā) Rām.1. 49.3.

-laḥ 1 Name of a plant (Mar. jhābuka) Tamarix Indica

2) A goat.

-lā The Aloe plant (Mar. ghṛtakumārī koraphaḍa); another plant (Mar. bhūmyāmalakī).

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

Aphala (अफल).—mfn.

(-laḥ-lā-laṃ) 1. Unfruitful, barren. 2. Vain, unproductive. f.

(-lā) 1. The aloe plant, (Aloes perfoliata.) 2. Another plant, (Flacoartia cataphracta.) E. a neg. phala fruit.

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

Aphala (अफल).—adj., f. . 1. Without fruit, [Rāmāyaṇa] 4, 59, 12. 2. unproductive, [Mānavadharmaśāstra] 2, 158; figurat. 234. 3. unprofitable, prejudicial, [Daśakumāracarita] in Chr. 185, 8.

Aphala is a Sanskrit compound consisting of the terms a and phala (फल).

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

Aphala (अफल).—[adjective] fruitless (l.&[feminine]); emasculated.

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

1) Aphala (अफल):—[=a-phala] mf(ā)n. unfruitful, barren, [Ṛg-veda x, 97, 15, etc.]

2) [v.s. ...] vain, unproductive, [Ṛg-veda x, 71, 5, etc.]

3) [v.s. ...] deprived of virility, [Rāmāyaṇa i, 49, 1 & 11]

4) [v.s. ...] m. Tamarix Indica

5) Aphalā (अफला):—[=a-phalā] [from a-phala] f. the Aloe (Aloes Perfoliata)

6) [v.s. ...] Flacourtia Cataphracta.

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

Aphala (अफल):—[bahuvrihi compound] 1. m. f. n.

(-laḥ-lā-lam) 1) Without fruits, as trees, plants &c.; e. g. in the Vājas.: yāḥ phalinīryā aphalā apuṣpā yāśca puṣpiṇīḥ (scil. oṣadhayaḥ).

2) Resultless, useless; e. g. in Manu: yathā ṣaṇḍophalaḥ strīṣu yathā gaurgavi cāphalā . yathā cājñephalaṃ dānaṃ tathā vipronṛco phalaḥ.

3) Emasculated, unmanned; e. g. in the Rāmāy.: aphalastu tataḥ śakraḥ (through the curse of Gautama). 2. m.

(-laḥ) The name of a plant (Tamarix Indica; see jhāvuka). 3. f.

(-lā) The name of two plants: [a.]) Flacourtia cataracta, see bhūmyāmalakī; [b.]) Socotrine aloe (Aloes perfoliata), see adalā. E. a priv. and phala.

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

1) Aphala (अफल):—[a-phala] (laḥ-lā-laṃ) a. Fruitless; vain.

2) Aphalā (अफला):—[a-phalā] (lā) 1. f. The Aloe plant.

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

Aphala (अफल) in the Sanskrit language is related to the Prakrit words: Aphala, Ahala.

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Aphala 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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Prakrit-English dictionary

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

1) Aphala (अफल) in the Prakrit language is related to the Sanskrit word: Aphala.

2) Āphāla (आफाल) also relates to the Sanskrit word: Āsphāla.

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Prakrit is an ancient language closely associated with both Pali and Sanskrit. Jain literature is often composed in this language or sub-dialects, such as the Agamas and their commentaries which are written in Ardhamagadhi and Maharashtri Prakrit. The earliest extant texts can be dated to as early as the 4th century BCE although core portions might be older.

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Kannada-English dictionary

Source: Alar: Kannada-English corpus

Aphala (ಅಫಲ):—

1) [adjective] incapable of producing others of its kind; barren; sterile; bearing no fruit; acarpous.

2) [adjective] of no use; useless.

3) [adjective] (shoot or bud of one plant or tree) inserted into the stem or trunk of another, for the continuance of its growth, and becoming a permanent part; grafting.

4) [adjective] sterilized, by removing the organs of reproduction of preventing them from function effectively, with a view to making incapable of producing others of its kind.

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Aphala (ಅಫಲ):—[noun] a plant not bearing fruit; a barren plant.

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Aphaḷa (ಅಫಳ):—[adjective] = ಅಫಲ [aphala]1.

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Aphaḷa (ಅಫಳ):—[noun] = ಅಫಲ [aphala]2.

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Āphāla (ಆಫಾಲ):—[adverb] upto the forehead.

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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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