Costus: 2 definitions


Costus means something in Hinduism, Sanskrit, 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)

Agriculture (Krishi) and Vrikshayurveda (study of Plant life)

Source: Asian Agri-History: Drumavichitrikaranam—The Ancient Approach to Plant Mutagenesis

Costus (identified with Saussurea lappa) was used to produce Seedless Fruits: which was one of the technologies known to ancient Indian agriculturists, which presents a safe technology and methodology regarding organic agriculture, according to treatises (such as the Vrikshayurveda). One such technology was to produce seedless fruits: Seeds often impart a bitter taste, thereby causing an unpleasant experience while eating the fruit. Seeds also accelerate fruit deterioration. Hence seedless varieties of fruits have greater economic value. Use of Abrus precatorius (jequirity), Madhuca indica (butter tree), Saussurea lappa (costus), Glycyrrhiza glabra (liquorice), honey, sugar, and clarified butter is said to cause seedlessness.

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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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Biology (plants and animals)

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

Costus in English is the name of a plant defined with Saussurea costus in various botanical sources. This page contains potential references in Ayurveda, modern medicine, and other folk traditions or local practices It has the synonym Aucklandia lappa Decne. (among others).

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

· Transactions of the Linnean Society of (1845)
· Compositae Indicae (1876)
· Revisio Generum Plantarum (1891)
· Annals and Magazine of Natural History (1841)
· Iconographia Cormophytorum Sinicorum (6700)
· Fl. Yunnan. (2003)

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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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