Bimbi, Bimbī: 9 definitions

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

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.

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.

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 and is dealt with in the 15th-century Yogasārasaṅgraha (Yogasara-saṅgraha) by Vāsudeva: an unpublished Keralite work representing an Ayurvedic compendium of medicinal recipes.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).

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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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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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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-English 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 (?).

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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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