Ashvamara, Aśvamāra, Ashva-mara: 4 definitions


Ashvamara means something in Hinduism, Sanskrit. 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 Aśvamāra can be transliterated into English as Asvamara or Ashvamara, using the IAST transliteration scheme (?).

In Hinduism

Ayurveda (science of life)

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Source: Wisdom Library: Āyurveda and botany

Aśvamāra (अश्वमार) is a Sanskrit word referring to “sweet-scented oleander”, a small tree from the Apocynaceae (dogbane) family, and is used throughout Ayurvedic literature such as the Caraka-saṃhitā. The official botanical name of the plant is Nerium oleander and is commonly known as “oleander”. Drugs derived from Oleander has been tested for its anti-cancerous properties. The word Aśvamāra is composed of Aśva (‘horse’) and Māra (‘killing’).

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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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Languages of India and abroad

Sanskrit-English dictionary

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Source: DDSA: The practical Sanskrit-English dictionary

Aśvamāra (अश्वमार).—m. 'horse-destroying', a kind of Oleander, Nerium Odorum Ait. (Mar. pāṃḍharī kaṇhera).

Derivable forms: aśvamāraḥ (अश्वमारः).

Aśvamāra is a Sanskrit compound consisting of the terms aśva and māra (मार). See also (synonyms): aśvamāraka, aśvahantṛ.

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

Aśvamāra (अश्वमार).—m.

(-raḥ) Oleander, (Nerium odorum.) E. aśva and māra what kills; the plant is conceived to be deleterious to the horse.

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

Aśvamāra (अश्वमार):—[=aśva-māra] [from aśva] m. = -ghna q.v., [Suśruta]

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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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