Bimbi, Bimbī: 14 definitions


Bimbi means something in Buddhism, Pali, Hinduism, Sanskrit, Marathi, 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.

In Hinduism

Ayurveda (science of life)

Nighantu (Synonyms and Characteristics of Drugs and technical terms)

Source: WorldCat: Rāj nighaṇṭu

Bimbī (बिम्बी) is another name for Tiktatuṇḍī, a medicinal plant identified with Coccinia indica (ivy gourd ) from the Cucurbitaceae or “gourd family” of flowering plants, according to verse 3.64-65 of the 13th-century Raj Nighantu or Rājanighaṇṭu. The third chapter (guḍūcyādi-varga) of this book contains climbers and creepers (vīrudh). Together with the names Bimbī and Tiktatuṇḍī, there are a total of six Sanskrit synonyms identified for this plant.

Kalpa (Formulas, Drug prescriptions and other Medicinal preparations)

Source: Shodhganga: Edition translation and critical study of yogasarasamgraha

Bimbī (बिम्बी) refers to the medicinal plant known as “Coccinia grandis (Linn.) Voigt.” and is dealt with in the 15th-century Yogasārasaṅgraha (Yogasara-saṅgraha) by Vāsudeva: an unpublished Keralite work representing an Ayurvedic compendium of medicinal recipes. The Yogasārasaṃgraha [mentioning bimbī] deals with entire recipes in the route of administration, and thus deals with the knowledge of pharmacy (bhaiṣajya-kalpanā) which is a branch of pharmacology (dravyaguṇa).

Unclassified Ayurveda definitions

Source: Wisdom Library: Āyurveda and botany

Bimbī (बिम्बी) is a Sanskrit word referring to the “red gourd”, a tropical vine from the Cucurbitaceae (gourd) family, and is used throughout Ayurvedic literature such as the Caraka-saṃhitā. The official botanical name of the plant is Coccinia grandis (synonym: Cephalandra indica) and is commonly known in English as the “ivy gourd”, “baby watermelon”, “gentleman’s toes”, “tindora” or “red gourd”. It is derived from the Sanskrit word bimba, which literally translated means “disk, sphere, orb”. In traditional Indian medicine, Bimbī is used as part of various recipes.

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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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Shaktism (Shakta philosophy)

Source: Google Books: Manthanabhairavatantram

Bimbī (बिम्बी) is considered to be the eternal (nityā) Mother, according to the Jayadrathayāmala verse 1.3.70ff.—Accordingly, “The imperishable and glorious energy (saṃbhūti) in the condition of the enjoyer, the object of enjoyment and enjoyment (itself) in spiritual disciplines (sādhana) and the like is in every respect Bimbī, who is considered to be the eternal Mother. And she is pure, attained through liberation. No association with impurity is perceived independently of her”.

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Shakta (शाक्त, śākta) or Shaktism (śāktism) represents a tradition of Hinduism where the Goddess (Devi) is revered and worshipped. Shakta literature includes a range of scriptures, including various Agamas and Tantras, although its roots may be traced back to the Vedas.

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In Buddhism

Theravada (major branch of Buddhism)

Source: Pali Kanon: Pali Proper Names

An eminent laywoman, follower of the Buddha. A.iv.347; AA.ii.791.

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Theravāda is a major branch of Buddhism having the the Pali canon (tipitaka) as their canonical literature, which includes the vinaya-pitaka (monastic rules), the sutta-pitaka (Buddhist sermons) and the abhidhamma-pitaka (philosophy and psychology).

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Biology (plants and animals)

Source: Wisdom Library: Local Names of Plants and Drugs

Bimbi in the Marathi language is the name of a plant identified with Benincasa fistulosa (Stocks) H.Schaef. & S.S.Renner from the Cucurbitaceae (Pumpkin) family having the following synonyms: Praecitrullus fistulosus, Citrullus fistulosus. For the possible medicinal usage of bimbi, 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.

Source: Google Books: CRC World Dictionary (Regional names)

Bimbi in India is the name of a plant defined with Coccinia grandis in various botanical sources. This page contains potential references in Ayurveda, modern medicine, and other folk traditions or local practices It has the synonym Cephalandra indica (Wight & Arn.) Naudin, nom. illeg. (among others).

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

· Prodromus Florae Peninsulae Indiae Orientalis (1834)
· Proceedings of the Indian Science Congress Association (1981)
· Cytologia (1983)
· Proceedings of the Indian Science Congress Association (1980)
· Journal of Ethnopharmacology (2002)
· Proceedings of the Indian Science Congress Association (1982)

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

bimbī : (f.) the creeper brayonia grandis, which produces red oval fruits.

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

Bimbi, (or bimbī) (=Sk. bimbī, see bimba) gold, of golden colour DA. I, 280=SnA 448 (in Bdhgh’s fanciful etym. of king Bimbisāra, viz. bimbī ti suvaṇṇaṃ, sārasuvaṇṇa-sadisa-vaṇṇatāya B.).—jāla the red amaranth tree, the Bodhi tree of the former Buddha Dhammadassin J. I, 39; V, 155. At J. VI, 497, 498 the form is bimbajāla. The C. expln gives ratta-kuravaka as a synonym. (Page 487)

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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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Marathi-English dictionary

Source: DDSA: The Molesworth Marathi and English Dictionary

bimbī (बिंबी).—f Rush-leaved Cyperus, Cyperus juncifolius.

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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 dictionary

Source: Cologne Digital Sanskrit Dictionaries: Edgerton Buddhist Hybrid Sanskrit Dictionary

Bimbi (बिम्बि).—or bimbī, app. gold, gold-color (see [Pali Text Society’s Pali-English Dictionary] s.v., with [compound] bimbijāla): so perhaps in Padma-bimby-upaśo- bhita, q.v., Sukhāvatīvyūha 6.8, adorned with the golden color of lotuses (?).

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

1) Bimbī (बिम्बी):—[from bimba] f. Momordica Monadelpha, [Suśruta] (cf. [gana] gaurādi)

2) [v.s. ...] Name of the mother of king Bimbi-sāra (below), [Buddhist literature]

Source: DDSA: Paia-sadda-mahannavo; a comprehensive Prakrit Hindi dictionary (S)

Bimbī (बिम्बी) in the Sanskrit language is related to the Prakrit word: Biṃbī.

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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

Biṃbī (बिंबी) in the Prakrit language is related to the Sanskrit word: Bimbī.

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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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