Avakpushpi, Avākpuṣpī, Avak-pushpi: 4 definitions



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The Sanskrit term Avākpuṣpī can be transliterated into English as Avakpuspi or Avakpushpi, using the IAST transliteration scheme (?).

In Hinduism

Ayurveda (science of life)

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Source: Wisdom Library: Āyurveda and botany

Avākpuṣpī (अवाक्पुष्पी) is a Sanskrit word referring to the “Indian borage”, a plant from the Boraginaceae (borage/forget-me-not) family, and is used throughout Ayurvedic literature such as the Caraka-saṃhitā. It is also known in Sanskrit as Adhaḥpuṣpī and in Hindi as Andhāhulī. The official botanical name of the plant is Trichodesma indicum. The literal translation of the work Avākpuṣpī is “having its flowers turned downwards”. It is composed of the words Avāk (‘downwards’) and Puṣpī (‘flowers/blossom’).

Source: WorldCat: Rāj nighaṇṭu

Avākpuṣpī (अवाक्पुष्पी) is another name for Miśreyā, an unidentified medicinal plant possibly identified with Foeniculum vulgare (synonym Foeniculum capillaceum) or “fennel”, from the Apiaceae (Umbelliferae) or “carrot family” of flowering plants, according to verse 4.14-19 of the 13th-century Raj Nighantu or Rājanighaṇṭu. The fourth chapter (śatāhvādi-varga) of this book enumerates eighty varieties of small plants (pṛthu-kṣupa). Also see Śatāhvā. Together with the names Avākpuṣpī and Miśreyā, there are a total of fifteen Sanskrit synonyms identified for this plant.

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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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Sanskrit dictionary

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Source: DDSA: The practical Sanskrit-English dictionary

Avākpuṣpī (अवाक्पुष्पी).—[avāk adhomukhaṃ puṣpamasyāḥ] Name of a plant Anethum Sowa Roxb (adhaḥpuṣpī).

Avākpuṣpī is a Sanskrit compound consisting of the terms avāk and puṣpī (पुष्पी).

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

Avākpuṣpī (अवाक्पुष्पी):—[=avāk-puṣpī] [from avāk > avāñc] f. ‘having its flowers turned downwards’, the plant Anethum Sowa Roxb., [cf. Lexicographers, esp. such as amarasiṃha, halāyudha, hemacandra, etc.]

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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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