Chavi, aka: Chāvī; 5 Definition(s)


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

Itihasa (narrative history)

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.

Source: JatLand: List of Mahabharata people and places
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Itihasa (इतिहास, itihāsa) refers to ‘epic history’ and represents a branch of Sanskrit literature which popularly includes 1) the eighteen major Puranas, 2) the Mahabharata and 3) the Ramayana. It is a branch of Vedic Hinduism categorised as smriti literature (‘that which is remembered’) as opposed to shruti literature (‘that which is transmitted verbally’).

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Languages of India and abroad

Pali-English dictionary

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

Source: BuddhaSasana: Concise 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 combn ch-cammamaṃsa Vism.235; DhA.IV, 56.

—kalyāṇa beauty of complexion, one of the 5 beauties (see kalyāṇa 2d) DhA.I, 387; —dos’-ābādha a skin disease, cutaneous irritation Vin.I, 206; —roga skin disease DhA.III, 295; —vaṇṇa the colour of the skin, the complexion, esp. beautiful compl., beauty Vin.I, 8; J.III, 126; DhA.IV, 72; PvA.14 (vaṇṇadhātu), 70, 71 (=vaṇṇa). (Page 275)

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

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

Source: DDSA: The Molesworth Marathi and English Dictionary
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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

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: DDSA: The practical 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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