Asphota, aka: Āsphota, Āsphotā; 4 Definition(s)


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In Hinduism

Ayurveda (science of life)

1) Āsphotā (आस्फोता) is a Sanskrit word referring to Clitoria ternatea (butterfly pea), a species of plant in the Fabaceae (leguma/bean) family. It is used throughout Āyurvedic literature such as the Caraka-saṃhitā. It is also known by the names Aparājitā and Girikarṇikā in Sanskrit. Other commonly used names in English include the “blue pea” and “Asian pigeonwings”. It has two variations, one with white and one with blue flowers. The word Āsphotā is probably derived from Āsphoṭa (ā-sphoṭa “moving, flapping, quivering, trembling”).

2) Āsphota (आस्फोत) is another name (synonym) for Karbudāra, which is the Sanskrit word for Bauhinia variegata (orchid tree), a plant from the Cleomaceae family. This synonym was identified by Narahari in his 13th-century Rājanighaṇṭu (verse 13.99), which is an Āyurvedic medicinal thesaurus.

Source: Wisdom Library: Āyurveda and botany
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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

Marathi-English dictionary

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āsphōṭa (आस्फोट).—m S A sounding blow, a slap, smack, cuff.

Source: DDSA: The Molesworth Marathi and English Dictionary

āsphōṭa (आस्फोट).—m A sounding blow, a slap.

Source: DDSA: The Aryabhusan school dictionary, Marathi-English
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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

Asphota (अस्फोत).—Name of a plant. (Mar. kāṃcana, koraḷa.)

Derivable forms: asphotaḥ (अस्फोतः).

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Āsphoṭa (आस्फोट).—

1) The Arka plant.

2) The sound made by striking on the arms (Mar. chaḍḍū ṭhokaṇeṃ); कर° मिश्रेण (kara° miśreṇa) K.28.

3) Trembling, quivering.

4) Striking or rubbing against, blow; पुच्छ° (puccha°) Mv.5.63; लाङ्गूलास्फोटशब्दाच्च चलितः स महागिरिः (lāṅgūlāsphoṭaśabdācca calitaḥ sa mahāgiriḥ) Mb.

-ṭā The नवमल्लिका (navamallikā) plant, wild variety of Jasmin.

Derivable forms: āsphoṭaḥ (आस्फोटः).

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Āsphota (आस्फोत).—[ā-sphuṭ ac pṛṣo° ṭasya tatvam] Name of several trees; अर्क, कोविदार, भूतलाश (arka, kovidāra, bhūtalāśa).

-tā, -takā Name of several plants; मल्लिका, अपराजिता, सारिवा (mallikā, aparājitā, sārivā).

Derivable forms: āsphotaḥ (आस्फोतः).

See also (synonyms): āsphotaka.

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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