Chavi, Chāvī: 10 definitions


Chavi means something in Hinduism, Sanskrit, Buddhism, Pali, 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.

Alternative spellings of this word include Chhavi.

Ambiguity: Although Chavi has separate glossary definitions below, it also represents an alternative spelling of the Sanskrit word Cavi. It further has the optional forms Chavī.

In Hinduism

Purana and Itihasa (epic history)

Source: JatLand: List of Mahabharata people and places

Chāvī (छावी) refers to the name of a River mentioned in the Mahābhārata (cf. VI.10.23). Note: The Mahābhārata (mentioning Chāvī) is a Sanskrit epic poem consisting of 100,000 ślokas (metrical verses) and is over 2000 years old.

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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

Pali-English dictionary

Source: BuddhaSasana: Concise Pali-English Dictionary

chavi : (f.) the outer skin; tegument.

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

Chavi, (f.) (*(s)qeu to cover. Vedic chavi, skuṇāti; cp. Gr. sku_lon; Lat. ob-scurus; Ohg. skūra (Nhg. scheuer); Ags scēo›E. sky also Goth. skōhs›E. shoe) the (outer, thin) skin, tegument S.II, 256; A.IV, 129; Sn.194; J.II, 92. Distinguished from camma, the hide (under-skin, corium) S.II, 238 (see camma); also in combination ch-cammamaṃsa Vism.235; DhA.IV, 56.

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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

chavi (छवि).—f S Light. 2 Splendor, brilliance, lustre, and, hence, beauty.

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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: DDSA: The practical Sanskrit-English dictionary

Chavi (छवि).—f. [chyati asāraṃ chinatti tamo vā cho-vi kicca vā ṅīp; cf. Uṇ.4.56]

1) Hue, colour of the skin, complexion; हिमकरोदयपाण्डुमुखच्छविः (himakarodayapāṇḍumukhacchaviḥ) R.9.38; छविः पाण्डुरा (chaviḥ pāṇḍurā) Ś.3.1; Me.33; U.6.27.

2) Colour in general.

3) Beauty, splendour, brilliance; छविकरं मुखचूर्णमृतुश्रियः (chavikaraṃ mukhacūrṇamṛtuśriyaḥ) R.9.45.

4) Light, lustre.

5) Skin, hide; लोहितार्द्रीकृतच्छविः (lohitārdrīkṛtacchaviḥ) Mb.12.149.7.

Derivable forms: chaviḥ (छविः).

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

Chavi (छवि).—(= Sanskrit, Pali id., skin), bark (of a tree): kovi-dārasya chavigandhaḥ Gv 501.11 (prose). Acc. to the English of Ratnach., chavi may have this meaning in AMg.; this is a translation of Hindi chāl, which seems to mean both skin and bark; whether the AMg. word also means bark I do not know.

Source: Cologne Digital Sanskrit Dictionaries: Shabda-Sagara Sanskrit-English Dictionary

Chavi (छवि).—f.

(-viḥ) 1. Beauty, splendor, brilliance. 2. Light, lustre. E. cho to divide, (darkness, &c.) in affix, and the deriv. irr. or kit ca vā Unadi affix; also with ṅīṣ added chavī.

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

1) Chavi (छवि):—a f. skin, cuticle, [Pāraskara-gṛhya-sūtra, iii, 12; Harivaṃśa 15709; Suśruta; Varāha-mihira’s Bṛhat-saṃhitā lxix, 28 ff.]

2) colour of the skin, colour, [Mahābhārata iii, 12387; Mṛcchakaṭikā; Meghadūta] etc.

3) beauty, splendour, [Raghuvaṃśa ix, 34; Śiśupāla-vadha ix, 3; Naiṣadha-carita xxii, 55]

4) a ray of light, [cf. Lexicographers, esp. such as amarasiṃha, halāyudha, hemacandra, etc.]

5) cf. kṛṣṇa-cch.

6) b f. skin, hide, [Taittirīya-brāhmaṇa i f.; Tāṇḍya-brāhmaṇa xvi, 6, 2; Śāṅkhāyana-brāhmaṇa xxv, 15; Kātyāyana-śrauta-sūtra xxii; Lāṭyāyana viii, 2, 1.]

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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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