Appa: 8 definitions


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

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In Hinduism

Ayurveda (science of life)

Source: Wisdom Library: Local Names of Plants and Drugs

Appa in the Malayalam language is the name of a plant identified with Artemisia indica Willd. from the Asteraceae (Sunflower) family having the following synonyms: Artemisia indica var. nepalensis, Artemisia asiatica. For the possible medicinal usage of appa, you can check this page for potential sources and references, although be aware that any some or none of the side-effects may not be mentioned here, wether they be harmful or beneficial to health.

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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) Appa in India is the name of a plant defined with Ageratum conyzoides in various botanical sources. This page contains potential references in Ayurveda, modern medicine, and other folk traditions or local practices It has the synonym Coelestina microcarpa Benth. (among others).

2) Appa is also identified with Artemisia vulgaris It has the synonym Artemisia vulgaris var. kamtschatica Besser, also kamschatica (etc.).

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

· Enumeratio Methodica Plantarum (1759)
· Botaničeskij Žurnal (1810)
· Turun Yliopiston Julkaisuja: Sarja A II, BiologiaGeographica (1982)
· Nova Genera et Species Plantarum (1820)
· Encyclopédie Méthodique, Botanique (1783)
· Watsonia (1977)

If you are looking for specific details regarding Appa, for example pregnancy safety, extract dosage, chemical composition, side effects, health benefits, diet and recipes, 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

appa : (adj.) small; little; insignificant. (nt.), a little.

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

Appa, (adj.) (Vedic alpa, cp. Gr. a)lapάzw (lapάzw) to empty (to make little), a)lapadnόs weak; Lith. alpnas weak, alpstù to faint) small, little, insignificant, often in the sense of “very little = (next to) nothing” (so in most cpds.); thus expld. at VvA.334 as equivalent to a negative part. (see appodaka) D.I, 61 (opp. mahant, DA.I, 170 = parittaka); Sn.713, 775, 805, 896 (= appaka, omaka, thoka, lamaka, jatukka, parittaka Nd1 306); Dh.174; J.I, 262; Pug.39. — nt. appaṃ a little, a small portion, a trifle; pl. appāni small things, trifles A.II, 26 = It.102; A.II, 138; Dh.20 (= thokaṃ eka-vagga-dvi-vagga-mattam pi DhA.I, 158), 224 (°smiṃ yācito asked for little), 259.

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

Āppa (आप्प).—m.

(-ppaḥ) The sign Aquarius.

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

Appa (अप्प):—m.

(-ppaḥ) The name of a Telugu poet, who ‘wrote a work on prosody called Appakavi-chhāndasa and another work called Vrindāsambhava which is an account of the birth and parentage of Vrinda, the chaste wife of a giant’ …‘the manner of the death of this poet is unknown, nor have the names of any of his (other) works been preserved’. —He is not considered to be the same as apyayadīkṣita q. v. E. unknown.

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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) Appa (अप्प) in the Prakrit language is related to the Sanskrit word: Alpa.

2) Appa (अप्प) also relates to the Sanskrit word: Ātman.

3) Appa (अप्प) also relates to the Sanskrit word: Arpa.

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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

Appa (ಅಪ್ಪ):—

1) [noun] a man who has begotten a child; the male parent; father.

2) [noun] a mode of addressing one’s father.

3) [noun] a suffix to male names.

4) [noun] a mode of addressing any man deserving of respect or reverence because of age, position, etc.

5) [noun] a term of endearment in addressing boys.

6) [noun] a man or a thing, greater, bigger or more harmful, than the other; the daddy of all.

7) [noun] ಅಪ್ಪ ಅಮ್ಮ ಅನ್ನು [appa amma annu] appa amma annu to beseech humbly; ಅಪ್ಪ ಅಮ್ಮನ ಜಗಳದಲ್ಲಿ ಕೂಸು ಬಡವಾಯಿತು [appa ammana jagaladalli kusu badavayitu] appa ammana jagaḷadalli kūsu baḍavāyitu (prov.) when two bigs fight, it is the vulnerable that suffers; ಅಪ್ಪನ್ನ ಅಪ್ಪ ಅನ್ನದವ ಚಿಕ್ಕಪ್ಪನ್ನ ಅಪ್ಪ ಅಂದಾನೆ [appanna appa annadava cikkappanna appa amdane]? appanna appa annadava cikkappanna appa andāne (prov.) does one, who does not respect his own father, respect any another person? ಅಪ್ಪ ಕಟ್ಟಿಸಿದ ಬಾವಿಯೆಂದು ಉಪ್ಪುನೀರನ್ನು ಕುಡಿ [appa kattisida baviyemdu uppunirannu kudi] appa kaṭṭisida bāviyendu uppunīrannu kuḍi (prov.) = ಅಪ್ಪ ಹಾಕಿದ ಆಲಮರ ಅಂತ ನೇಣು ಹಾಕಿಕೊ [appa hakida alamara amta nenu hakiko]; ಅಪ್ಪ ಹಾಕಿದ ಆಲದಮರ [appa hakida aladamara] appahākida āladamara (fig.) unquestioned belief, profession or sentiment that has been handed over from a father to his son; ಅಪ್ಪ ಹಾಕಿದ ಆಲಮರ ಅಂತ ನೇಣು ಹಾಕಿಕೊ [appa hakida alamara amta nenu hakiko] appahākida āladamara anta nēṇu hākiko (prov.) to cling to the tradition despite it being foolish, unprofitable or not advantageous; a man may love his house, yet not ride on the ridge; ಅಪ್ಪ ಸತ್ತು ಆರು ತಿಂಗಳಿಗೆ ಬಂದು ಹುಚ್ಚು ಮಾವ ಕೊರಳುಕಟ್ಟಿಕೊಂಡು ಅತ್ತ [appa sattu aru timgalige bamdu huccu mava koralukattikomdu atta] appa sattu āru tiŋgaḷige bandu, huccumāva koraḷukaṭṭikondu atta (prov.) to show sympathy hypocritically; or in a stupid manner.

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Appa (ಅಪ್ಪ):—

1) [noun] a small round sweet cake made of rice flour, coconut, jaggery, etc. and fried in ghee or oil.

2) [noun] a swollen part of the body;3) [noun] ಅಪ್ಪ ತಿಂದರೆ ಸಾಲದೆ ಕಾವಲಿ ಛಿದ್ರ ಏಕೆ [appa timdare salade kavali chidra eke]? appa tindare sālade, kāvali chidra ēke (prov.) no matter what the vessel is, the wine must be good.

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Appa (ಅಪ್ಪ):—[interjection] an interjection to express astonishment, pain or fatigue.

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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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