Cinca, aka: Ciñcā; 9 Definition(s)

Introduction

Cinca means something in Buddhism, Pali, Hinduism, Sanskrit, Jainism, Prakrit, 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 Chincha.

In Hinduism

Dharmashastra (religious law)

Ciñcā (चिञ्चा) is a Sanskrit word, identified with Tamarindus indica (tamarind) by various scholars in their translation of the Śukranīti. This tree is mentioned as bearing good fruits. The King should plant such domestic plants in and near villages. He should nourish them by stoole of goats, sheep and cows, water as well as meat.

The following is an ancient Indian recipe for such nourishment of trees:

According to Śukranīti 4.4.105-109: “The trees (such as ciñcā) are to be watered in the morning and evening in summer, every alternate day in winter, in the fifth part of the day (i.e., afternoon) in spring, never in the rainy season. If trees have their fruits destroyed, the pouring of cold water after being cooked together with Kulutha, Māṣa (seeds), Mudga (pulse), Yava (barley) and Tila (oil seed) would lead to the growth of flowers and fruits. Growth of trees can be helped by the application of water with which fishes are washed and cleansed.”

Source: Wisdom Library: Dharma-śāstra
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Dharmashastra (धर्मशास्त्र, dharmaśāstra) contains the instructions (shastra) regarding religious conduct of livelihood (dharma), ceremonies, jurisprudence (study of law) and more. It is categorized as smriti, an important and authoritative selection of books dealing with the Hindu lifestyle.

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Ayurveda (science of life)

Ciñcā (ताल) is a Sanskrit word referring to Tamarindus indica (tamarind), a plant species in the Fabaceae family. It was identified by Satish Chandra Sankhyadhar in his translation of the Rājanighaṇṭu (verse 12.162-164), which lists the following synonyms: Cukrikā (or, Cukrīkā), Cukrā, Amlikā, Śākacukrikā, Amlī, Sutintiḍī, Amlā.

Properties according to the Rājanighaṇṭu: (a) Ciñcā or Imlī is very sour, when young or unripe. The ripe one is sweet, sour, anti-vatā and it aggravates the pitta, burning, rakta and kapha-doṣa.

(b) The unripe fruit of the Ciñcā is also very sour, light and an aggravator of pitta. The ripe fruit is sweet and sour. It causes purgation. It relieves the constipation by stimulating the peristatic movements (viṣṭambha) and it is anti-vāta.

(c) The fruit juice of ripe Tamarind (Imlī) is sweet, sour and improves taste. IT causes inframmation and suppuration of the wound bu also heals the wound, when its paste is applied locally.

(d) The leaves are anti-inflammatory and relieve the pain caused due to pitta-doṣa. The Bark-kṣāra cures colics and diminshed digestive power.

Source: Wisdom Library: Āyurveda and botany
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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

Mahayana (major branch of Buddhism)

Ciñcā (चिञ्चा) is the name of a Brahmacārinī that caused one of Buddha’s nine torments according to appendix 12 of the 2nd century Mahāprajñāpāramitāśāstra (chapter XIV).—The Brāhmaṇī Ciñcā attached to her belly a wooden bowl pretending she was pregnant, and slandered the Buddha.

Source: Wisdom Library: Maha Prajnaparamita Sastra
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Mahayana (महायान, mahāyāna) is a major branch of Buddhism focusing on the path of a Bodhisattva (spiritual aspirants/ enlightened beings). Extant literature is vast and primarely composed in the Sanskrit language. There are many sūtras of which some of the earliest are the various Prajñāpāramitā sūtras.

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In Jainism

General definition (in Jainism)

Ciñcā (चिञ्चा) refers to “tamarind”: a type of fruit (phala), according to Jain canonical texts (eg., the Jñātādharmakathāṅga-sūtra from the 3rd century B.C.). It is also known as Tetali. Various kinds of fruits were grown and consumed by the people in ancient India. Fruits were also dried up for preservation. Koṭṭaka was a place for this operation. Besides being grown in orchards, fruits were gathered from jungles and were carried to cities for sales.

The Jain canonical texts frequently mention different horticulture products viz. fruits (eg., Ciñcā fruit), vegetables and flowers which depict that horticulture was a popular pursuit of the people at that time. Gardens and parks (ārāma, ujjāṇa or nijjāṇa) were full of fruits and flowers of various kinds which besides yielding their products provided a calm and quiet place where people could enjoy the natural surroundings.

Source: archive.org: Economic Life In Ancient India (as depicted in Jain canonical literature)
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Jainism is an Indian religion of Dharma whose doctrine revolves around harmlessness (ahimsa) towards every living being. The two major branches (Digambara and Svetambara) of Jainism stimulate self-control (or, shramana, ‘self-reliance’) and spiritual development through a path of peace for the soul to progess to the ultimate goal.

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Languages of India and abroad

Pali-English dictionary

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ciñcā : (f.) tamarind.

Source: BuddhaSasana: Concise Pali-English Dictionary

Ciñcā, (f.) (Sk. ciñcā & tintiḍikā) the tamarind tree J.V, 38 (°vana); SnA 78. (Page 265)

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

ciñca (चिंच).—f (ciñcā S) The tamarind-tree and fruit, Tamarindus Indica.

Source: DDSA: The Molesworth Marathi and English Dictionary

ciñca (चिंच).—f The tamarind-tree and fruit.

Source: DDSA: The Aryabhusan school dictionary, Marathi-English
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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

Ciñcā (चिञ्चा).—

1) The tamarind tree, or its fruit.

2) The Guñjā plant;

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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