Au, aka: Āū; 6 Definition(s)


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In Hinduism

Vyakarana (Sanskrit grammar)

1) Au (औ).—The vowel औ; diphthong vowel made up of आ (ā) and ओ;

2) Au.—The substitute औ (au) for the final letter उ (u) of the word मनु (manu) before the fem, affix ई; cf. मनोः स्त्री मनायी, मनावी,मनुः (manoḥ strī manāyī, manāvī, manuḥ) Kāś. on P. IV. 1. 38;

3) Au.—Case ending of the nom. and acc. dual called औङ् (auṅ) also.

Source: Wikisource: A dictionary of Sanskrit grammar
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Vyakarana (व्याकरण, vyākaraṇa) refers to Sanskrit grammar and represents one of the six additional sciences (vedanga) to be studied along with the Vedas. Vyakarana concerns itself with the rules of Sanskrit grammar and linguistic analysis in order to establish the correct context of words and sentences.

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Purana and Itihasa (epic history)

Au (औ).—This word means Maheśvara (Śiva). (Agni Purāṇa, Chapter 348).

Source: Puranic Encyclopaedia
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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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Languages of India and abroad

Marathi-English dictionary

āū (आऊ).—f (āī or ambā Mother.) A term of courtesy in addressing or making mention of a Shudra woman, corresponding to Dame, good woman, mistress, mother.

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āū (आऊ).—f (Imit.) Moaning. 2 Objecting, demurring, scrupling. 3 Utterance or suppressed exclamation (as of one under a beating).

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au (औ).—

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au (औ).—The eleventh vowel, corresponding with Ou in House, and here written Ou.

Source: DDSA: The Molesworth Marathi and English Dictionary

āū (आऊ).—f Moaning. Objecting.

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au (औ).—The fourteenth vowel.

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

Au (औ).—m.

1) A sound.

2) Name of Śeṣa or Ananta.

3) The number जलधि (jaladhi); cf. also औः श्वा युवा नरो नारी भावः सूक्ष्मः प्रजापतिः । स्थूलो जारः कलावांश्च सुखी दुर्गा रतिः कविः (auḥ śvā yuvā naro nārī bhāvaḥ sūkṣmaḥ prajāpatiḥ | sthūlo jāraḥ kalāvāṃśca sukhī durgā ratiḥ kaviḥ) || Enm.

4) The sacred syllable of the Śūdras; Kālikā P. -f. The earth. -ind. An interjection of (1) calling (ho, hallo); (2) addressing (oh !); (3) opposition; (4) asseveration or determination.

Source: DDSA: The practical Sanskrit-English dictionary

Au (औ).—The diphthong Au or Ou, having the same sound as in Our, and considered as the fourteenth vowel of the Nagari alphabet.

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Au (औ).—ind. An interjection of, 1. Calling, (ho! hola.) 2. Of addressing, (the vocative particle oh.) 3. A particle of prohibition, and 4. Of asseveration.

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Au (औ).—m. (auḥ) The serpent Ananta. f. (auḥ) The earth.

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Au (औ).—ind. The mystical prefix proper for Sudras: see om.

Source: Cologne Digital Sanskrit Dictionaries: Shabda-Sagara 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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