Dala, Dālā: 23 definitions

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Dala means something in Hinduism, Sanskrit, Buddhism, Pali, Marathi, Jainism, Prakrit, Hindi. 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.

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In Hinduism

Purana and Itihasa (epic history)

Source: archive.org: Puranic Encyclopedia

Dala (दल).—The son of King Parīkṣit of the dynasty of Ikṣvāku. The mother of Dala was Suśobhanā, the daughter of the King of Maṇḍūka. Dala had an elder brother called Śala. Dala became king when Śala was killed. Hermit Vāmadeva was the priest of this King. (Mahābhārata Vana Parva, Chapter 192). See Parīkṣit II.

Source: Cologne Digital Sanskrit Dictionaries: The Purana Index

1a) Dala (दल).—A son of Pratyuṣa and a Devaṛsi.*

  • * Brahmāṇḍa-purāṇa II. 35. 94.

1b) A son of Pariyātra (Pāripātra, Vāyu-purāṇa) and father of Bala.*

  • * Brahmāṇḍa-purāṇa III. 63. 204: Vāyu-purāṇa 88. 204.
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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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Ayurveda (science of life)

Source: Wisdom Library: Raj Nighantu

Dala (दल) refers to the “leaves” of a tree or plant, as mentioned in a list of seven synonyms, according to the second chapter (dharaṇyādi-varga) of the 13th-century Raj Nighantu or Rājanighaṇṭu (an Ayurvedic encyclopedia). The Dharaṇyādi-varga covers the lands, soil, mountains, jungles and vegetation’s relations between trees [viz., Dala] and plants and substances, with their various kinds.

Source: Shodhganga: Dietetics and culinary art in ancient and medieval India

Dāla (दाल) refers to one of the eight kinds of honey (madhu) according to the Suśrutasaṃhitā Sūtrasthāna 45.133, and is commonly found in literature dealing with the topics of dietetics and culinary art, also known as Pākaśāstra or Pākakalā.—Honey was possibly, the earliest sweet thing Indians knew. [...] According to Suśruta the eight varieties of honey are mākṣika, bhrāmara, kṣaudra, pauttika, chātra, ārghya, auddalika and dāla each of these being obtained from different types of bees.

Dāla is also mentioned as one of the eight kinds of honey (madhu) according to the 17th century Bhojanakutūhala (dravyaguṇāguṇa-kathana).

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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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Vastushastra (architecture)

Source: OpenEdition books: Architectural terms contained in Ajitāgama and Rauravāgama

Dala (दल) refers to “petal (molding of the mahāpiṭha ) § 3.9.”.—(For paragraphs cf. Les enseignements architecturaux de l'Ajitāgama et du Rauravāgama by Bruno Dagens)

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Vastushastra (वास्तुशास्त्र, vāstuśāstra) refers to the ancient Indian science (shastra) of architecture (vastu), dealing with topics such architecture, sculpture, town-building, fort building and various other constructions. Vastu also deals with the philosophy of the architectural relation with the cosmic universe.

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Jyotisha (astronomy and astrology)

Source: Google Books: Studies in the History of the Exact Sciences (Astronomy)

Dala (दल) means “half” (i.e., ‘half of the height’), according to Lalla’s Śiṣyadhīvṛddhidatantra (Part I, 21, Yantrādhikāra, 34-35).—(Cf. Astronomical instruments in Bhāskarācārya’s Siddhāntaśiromaṇi).—Accordingly, “The bowl, which resembles half a pot (i.e. hemispherical), which is made of ten palas of copper, which is half a cubit (i.e. twelve aṅgulas) in diameter at the mouth and half (i.e. six aṅgulas) as high [i.e., dala-ucchrāya], which is evenly circular, and which is bored by a uniformly circular needle, made of three and one-third māṣas of gold and of four aṅgulas in length, sinks into clear water in one ghaṭikā (nāḍī)”.

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Jyotisha (ज्योतिष, jyotiṣa or jyotish) refers to ‘astronomy’ or “Vedic astrology” and represents the fifth of the six Vedangas (additional sciences to be studied along with the Vedas). Jyotisha concerns itself with the study and prediction of the movements of celestial bodies, in order to calculate the auspicious time for rituals and ceremonies.

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Shaktism (Shakta philosophy)

Source: Google Books: Manthanabhairavatantram

Dala (दल) or Padminīdala refers to a “lotus petal”, according to the Ṣaṭsāhasrasaṃhitā, an expansion of the Kubjikāmatatantra: the earliest popular and most authoritative Tantra of the Kubjikā cult.—Accordingly, “(Kāmarūpa) is the Neuter (absolute) within the qualities. It has emerged as the pervasion (of consciousness) and, in front of the middle seat, is located on the peak in front. (Pleasing and delicate) like a lotus petal [i.e., padminī-dala-saṃkāśa], it is radiant (with energy)  and grey in colour. It shakes with mighty and fierce currents (of energy) engaged in striking against (it) and rocking (it) all around as it dries up (the entire) universe. The all-pervasive Lord of Kula resides within (this), the maṇḍala of six spokes. There is nothing devoid of that within the sphere of emanation and withdrawal”.

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Shakta (शाक्त, śākta) or Shaktism (śāktism) represents a tradition of Hinduism where the Goddess (Devi) is revered and worshipped. Shakta literature includes a range of scriptures, including various Agamas and Tantras, although its roots may be traced back to the Vedas.

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Languages of India and abroad

Pali-English dictionary

Source: BuddhaSasana: Concise Pali-English Dictionary

dala : (nt.) a blade; leaf; petal.

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

Dala, (nt.) (Sk. dala, *del (var. of *der, see dara) in dalati (q. v.) orig. a piece chipped off=a chip, piece of wood, cp. daṇḍa, Mhg. zelge (branch); Oir delb (figure, form), deil (staff, rod)) a blade, leaf, petal (usually —°); akkhi-d. eyelid ThA.259; DA.I, 194; DhsA.378; uppala° DhsA.311; kamala° (lotus-petal) VvA.35, 38; muttā° (?) DA.I, 252; ratta-pavāḷa° J.I, 75. (Page 315)

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Marathi-English dictionary

Source: DDSA: The Molesworth Marathi and English Dictionary

ḍāla (डाल).—f n A low and spreading sort of basket: also a basket of loose texture for chaff, blades, straw-rubbish &c. 2 m (Commonly ḍāla) Riband, tape &c.

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ḍāḷa (डाळ).—m A pile, a stack, an orderly heap.

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ḍāḷa (डाळ).—f ḍāḷakaṇa ḍāḷagōṭā, ḍāḷapiṭhiyā, ḍāḷapīṭha, ḍāḷarōṭī, ḍāḷabhājī, ḍāḷabhōpaḷā, ḍāḷavāṅgēṃ, ḍāḷēṃ Written in the Desh with द. See dāḷa &c.

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ḍāḷā (डाळा).—m A pile, an orderly heap (as of cakes, pots &c. . ḍāḷā ḍāḷaṇēṃ (lagna, saṃsāra, ityādikāñcā) To gather together, dispose in order, put in train, set in motion (articles and measures towards a marriage, an establishment in business &c.)

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dala (दल).—n (S) A leaf. 2 A petal of a flower. 3 A part or portion, esp. a half. 4 An army.

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daḷa (दळ).—n (dala S) An army, or a corps, division, troop. 2 A half. 3 Pulverized ōṃvā for medicinal uses. 4 A leaf: also a petal of a flower. 5 Substance; real and solid matter (as inhering in or constituting anything); pulp, kernel, flesh, pith, marrow, nutriment, lit. fig. (as in fruits, leaves, paper, a soil). 6 The soft substance lining the rind of certain fruits. 7 Grime or caked dirt. daḷābharācā or -bhārācā Fleshy, brawny, pulpous, full of substance.

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daḷā (दळा).—m C A patch on the side of a hill cleared and burned; for Nachn̤a or vegetables. 2 fig. A bare spot in a field of standing corn. 3 A banked up plot in a garden for vegetables.

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dāla (दाल).—m Riband, lace, fine and worked tape; a web from one finger-breadth to two, of silk or thread, with or without gold or silver.

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dāla (दाल).—f ( P) A leathern belt or broad strap.

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dāḷa (दाळ).—f (dala S) Split or broken pulse. dāḷa gaḷaṇēṃ or śijaṇēṃ or vikaṇēṃ g. of s. To have one's arts and wiles, plots and devices prospering. Gen. neg. con. dāḷa nāsaṇēṃ or vyartha khāūna gamāviṇēṃ (To spoil, or eat up unprofitably, the dāḷa i.e. the varaṇa, the choicest dish of a dinner, which has been bestowed from time to time.) To become sluttish, dronish, dissolute, or disobedient--a wife or child. āpalyā pōḷīvara dāḷa ōḍhaṇēṃ To be greedy or selfish; to attend to Number 1.

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

ḍāla (डाल).—f A low and spreading sort of basket. Riband, tape, &c.

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ḍāḷa (डाळ).—m A pile, a stack, an orderly heap.

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ḍāḷa (डाळ).—f ḍāḷarōṭī &c. See dāḷa. &c.

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ḍāḷā (डाळा).—m A pile, an orderly heap. To gather, together, dispose in order.

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dala (दल).—n A leaf. A petal of a flower. An army. A part, esp. a half.

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daḷa (दळ).—n An army, or a corp's division. Pulverised ōvā for medicinal uses. A leaf; also a petal of a flower. Sub- stance; real and solid matter, pulp, kernel, flesh, nutriment, lit. fig.

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daḷā (दळा).—m A patch on the side of a hill cleared and burned.

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dāla (दाल).—m Riband, lace. f A leathern belt.

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dāḷa (दाळ).—f Split pulse. dāḷa śijaṣpēṃ Have one's arts and wiles, plots and devices, pro- spering. Gen. neg. constr.

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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 dictionary

Source: DDSA: The practical Sanskrit-English dictionary

Dala (दल).—[dal-ac]

1) (a) A piece, portion, part, fragment; वापीष्वन्तर्लीनमहानीलदलासु (vāpīṣvantarlīnamahānīladalāsu) Śi.4.44. (b) A piece torn or split off. (c) Tearing, cutting.

2) A degree.

3) A half, the half.

4) A sheath, scabbard.

5) A small shoot or blade, a petal, leaf; ताम्बूलीनां दलैस्तत्र रचितापानभूमयः (tāmbūlīnāṃ dalaistatra racitāpānabhūmayaḥ) R.4.42; Ś.3.2,21.

6) The blade of any weapon.

7) A clump, heap, quantity.

8) A detachment, a body of troops.

9) Alloy or adulteration.

Derivable forms: dalaḥ (दलः), dalam (दलम्).

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Dāla (दाल).—A kind of wild honey. (-laḥ ) A sort of grain (Mar. ḍāḷa); also दालिः (dāliḥ) f.

Derivable forms: dālam (दालम्).

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

Dala (दल).—mn.

(-laḥ-laṃ) A leaf. n.

(-laṃ) 1. A part, a portion, a fragment. 2. Dividing, tearing, cutting, splitting, &c. 3. A sheath, a scabbard. 4. An adulteration or alloy. 5. A heap or quantity. 6. The leaf of Tamala. 7. A half. E. dal to divide, to cut, &c. affix ac.

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Dāla (दाल).—n.

(-laṃ) Wild or unprepared honey. m.

(-laḥ) A sort of grain, (Paspalum frumentaceum.) f.

(-lā) Colocynth. E. dala a sheath, affix aṇ.

Source: Cologne Digital Sanskrit Dictionaries: Benfey Sanskrit-English Dictionary

Dala (दल).—[dal + a], I. n. A part, [Suśruta] 2, 357, 4 (aṇḍa-, an egg-shell; veṇu-, a small shoot of a cane, [Mānavadharmaśāstra] 8, 299). 2. A half, [Suśruta] 1, 25, 2. 3. A leaf, [Rāmāyaṇa] 2, 46, 14. Ii. m. A proper name, Mahābhārata 3, 13178.

Source: Cologne Digital Sanskrit Dictionaries: Cappeller Sanskrit-English Dictionary

Ḍāla (डाल).—[substantive] branch.

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Dala (दल).—[neuter] a piece split off, fragment, portion; blade, petal, leaf.

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Dāla (दाल).—v. rajjudāla; [feminine] dālā & dālikā colocynth.

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

1) Ḍāla (डाल):—a branch, [Śīlāṅka]on, [Ācāranirṇaya ii.]

2) Dala (दल):—[from dal] n. (m., [cf. Lexicographers, esp. such as amarasiṃha, halāyudha, hemacandra, etc.]) a piece torn or split off, fragment (cf. aṇḍa, carma-, dvi-, veṇu-), [Suśruta v, 3, 22; vi, 5, 4; Śiśupāla-vadha iv, 44] (ifc. f(ā). ), [Naiṣadha-carita-; vii, 31]

3) [v.s. ...] ‘part’, a degree, [Varāha-mihira’s Bṛhajjātaka xvii, 4]

4) [v.s. ...] a half (cf. adhara-, ahar-, dyu-), [Varāha-mihira’s Bṛhat-saṃhitā; Suśruta i, 7; Sūryasiddhānta]

5) [v.s. ...] a hemistich

6) [v.s. ...] ‘unfolding itself.’ a small shoot, blade, petal, leaf (often ifc. in names of plants), [Mahābhārata; Rāmāyaṇa] etc.

7) [v.s. ...] cinnamon leaf, [cf. Lexicographers, esp. such as amarasiṃha, halāyudha, hemacandra, etc.]

8) [v.s. ...] unclean gold, [Bhāvaprakāśa v, 26, 2]

9) [v.s. ...] a clump, heap, [cf. Lexicographers, esp. such as amarasiṃha, halāyudha, hemacandra, etc.]

10) [v.s. ...] a detachment, [Horace H. Wilson]

11) [v.s. ...] = utsedha, dhavad-vastu, avadravya (apad, [Horace H. Wilson]), [cf. Lexicographers, esp. such as amarasiṃha, halāyudha, hemacandra, etc.]

12) [v.s. ...] dividing, splitting, [Horace H. Wilson]

13) [v.s. ...] m. Name of a prince, [Mahābhārata iii, 13178; Viṣṇu-purāṇa iv, 4, 47],

14) Dāla (दाल):—n. ([from] dala) a kind of honey produced from petals (cf. dala-ja), [cf. Lexicographers, esp. such as amarasiṃha, halāyudha, hemacandra, etc.]

15) Dālā (दाला):—[from dāla] f. colocynth, [Bhāvaprakāśa]

16) Dāla (दाल):—m. a sort of grain = Paspalum Frumentaceum, [Horace H. Wilson] (cf. rajju-).

Source: Cologne Digital Sanskrit Dictionaries: Yates Sanskrit-English Dictionary

1) Dala (दल):—[(laḥ-laṃ)] 1. m. n. A leaf. n. A part; a party; a dividing; a sheath; an alloy; a heap; a half.

2) Dāla (दाल):—(laṃ) 1. n. Wild honey. m. Sort of grain. f. () Colocynth.

Source: DDSA: Paia-sadda-mahannavo; a comprehensive Prakrit Hindi dictionary (S)

Dala (दल) in the Sanskrit language is related to the Prakrit word: Dala.

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Dala in German

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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 (even English!). 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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Hindi dictionary

Source: DDSA: A practical Hindi-English dictionary

1) Ḍalā (डला):—(nm) a lump, clod, small solid mass; big wickerwork basket.

2) Ḍāla (डाल) [Also spelled daal]:—(nf) a branch.

3) Dala (दल) [Also spelled dal]:—(nm) a party; group; team; troop; swarm; herd; petal; leaf; thickness of layers etc.; used in compound words as the second member to denote multitude; [ṭiḍḍī-dala, sainika-dala; ~dāra] of thick layer, pulpy; ~[pati] chief or leader of a team/group etc; ~[baṃdī] groupism, group politics; —[bala] an army of followers and supporters; •[sahita] in full force; —[badala] defection; •[kī rājanītī] politics of defection; ~[badalū] a defectionist; —[bādala] mass of clouds; —[bāṃdhanā] to form a gang.

4) Dāla (दाल) [Also spelled daal]:—(nf) pulse; ~[moṃṭha] ([ṭa]) a kind of fried and spiced preparation with pulse as one of the ingredients; —[galanā] a manoeuvre/tricky measure to succeed; a (guileful) move to pay; —[dāliyā] pot-luck, poor diet; •[karanā] to enforce a decision either way, to decide this way or that way; •[honā] to be decided once for all; to be ruined; —[na galanā] to cut no ice, to effect little; —[bhāta meṃ mūsalacaṃda] an unwelcome intruder; —[meṃ kālā honā] to have something fishy; —[roṭī calanā] to maintain oneself somehow, just to manage a living.

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Prakrit-English dictionary

Source: DDSA: Paia-sadda-mahannavo; a comprehensive Prakrit Hindi dictionary

1) Ḍala (डल) in the Prakrit language is related to the Sanskrit word: Ārabh.

2) Dala (दल) also relates to the Sanskrit word: Dal.

3) Dala (दल) also relates to the Sanskrit word: Dala.

4) Dala (दल) also relates to the Sanskrit word: Dala.

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Prakrit is an ancient language closely associated with both Pali and Sanskrit. Jain literature is often composed in this language or sub-dialects, such as the Agamas and their commentaries which are written in Ardhamagadhi and Maharashtri Prakrit. The earliest extant texts can be dated to as early as the 4th century BCE although core portions might be older.

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Kannada-English dictionary

Source: Alar: Kannada-English corpus

Ḍāḷa (ಡಾಳ):—

1) [noun] brilliant or gorgeous appearance, colouring, etc.; magnificence; splendour.

2) [noun] tidiness orderliness; etc.

3) [noun] a way or method in which something is or to be done, happens or happened; manner.

4) [noun] injury or harm to a person or thing, resulting in a loss in soundness or value; damage.

5) [noun] the act of polishing by rubbing the surface of.

6) [noun] the outward appearance.

7) [noun] a man whose good appearance, behaviour etc. belie his real intentions; a deceiver.

8) [noun] (mus.) a phrase or phrases, having combinations of alternative notes, played or sung continuously.

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Ḍāḷa (ಡಾಳ):—

1) [noun] a broad piece of armor, carried as a defence against swords, lances, arrows, etc.; a shield.

2) [noun] a shield-like metal plate, usu. of silver, awarded in a sport contest or other competition; a trophy.

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Ḍāḷa (ಡಾಳ):—[noun] a moving or agitating air with or as with a fan.

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Dala (ದಲ):—

1) [noun] a piece or fragment separated from a whole.

2) [noun] one of the segments of the corolla of a flower; a petal.

3) [noun] a group of people assembled or associated together.

4) [noun] a troupe or company of soldiers or army in gen.

5) [noun] a piece of land; ground.

6) [noun] cereal seeds in gen.; grains.

7) [noun] the quality, fact or state of being humble (caused by the knowledge of one’s defects or shortcomings or by the lowness of one’s position, rank, etc.); humbleness.

8) [noun] an explanatory note or annotation.

9) [noun] an elephant.

10) [noun] a variety of areca nut.

11) [noun] an archaic tax.

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Daḷa (ದಳ):—

1) [noun] the condition or fact of being dense.

2) [noun] bodily strength.

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Daḷa (ದಳ):—

1) [noun] a piece or fragment separated from a whole.

2) [noun] one of the segments of the corolla of a flower; a petal.

3) [noun] a group of people assembled or associated together.

4) [noun] a troop or company of soldiers or army in gen.

5) [noun] a piece of land; ground.

6) [noun] cereal seeds in gen.; grains.

7) [noun] the quality, fact or state of being humble (caused by the knowledge of one’s defects or shortcomings or by the lowness of one’s position, rank, etc.); humbleness.

8) [noun] an explanatory note or annotation.

9) [noun] an elephant.

10) [noun] a variety of areca nut.

11) [noun] an archaic tax.

12) [noun] ದಳಮಾಗು [dalamagu] daḷamāgu = ದಳವಾಗು [dalavagu]; ದಳವಾಗು [dalavagu] daḷavāgu to become dense or crowded together.

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Daḻa (ದೞ):—

1) [noun] the armed force of a state.

2) [noun] combat troops mounted on horses; a cavalry.

3) [noun] a troop of soldiers; a military unit.

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Dāla (ದಾಲ):—

1) [noun] a kind of wild bee.

2) [noun] the nectar of flowers.

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Dāḷa (ದಾಳ):—

1) [noun] a small cube of plastic, ivory, bone or wood, marked on each side with one to six spots, usu. used in pairs in games of chance or in gambling; a die.

2) [noun] ದಾಳ ಉರುಳಿಸು [dala urulisu] dāḷa uruḷisu = ದಾಳ ಹಾಕು [dala haku]; ದಾಳ ಹಾಕು [dala haku] dāḷa hāku to roll the die or dice (in the game of chance); 2. (fig.) to initiate something (the result of which is uncertain).

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Dāḷa (ದಾಳ):—[noun] a large conch-shell used to blow through to produce a continuous and loud sound.

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