Danta, Dānta, Damta: 42 definitions

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Danta means something in Buddhism, Pali, Hinduism, Sanskrit, the history of ancient India, Marathi, Jainism, Prakrit, 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.

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In Hinduism

Purana and Itihasa (epic history)

Source: archive.org: Puranic Encyclopedia

1) Dānta (दान्त).—Son of Bhīma, King of Vidarbha. This prince was the brother of Damayantī. (Mahābhārata Vana Parva, Chapter 53, Verse 9).

2) Dāntā (दान्ता).—An apsaras of Alakāpurī. Once she danced in honour of the sage Aṣṭāvakra. (Mahābhārata Anuśāsana Parva, Chapter 19, Verse 45).

Source: archive.org: Shiva Purana - English Translation

Danta (दन्त) refers to the “tusks (of elephants)”, according to the Śivapurāṇa 2.3.38 (“Description of the dais or maṇḍapa”).—Accordingly, as Himavat prepared the wedding of Menā and Śiva: “[...] On the left side there were two huge saffron coloured elephants with four tusks (catur-danta) and appearing to be of sixty years in age. They shone lustrously. There were two horses too, brilliant like the sun. They were bedecked in divine ornaments and other necessary embellishments. The guardians of the quarters were shown as adorned with great gems. All the gods were portrayed by Viśvakarman realistically. [...]”.

Source: Cologne Digital Sanskrit Dictionaries: The Purana Index

Dānta (दान्त).—A Sudhāmāna God.*

  • * Brahmāṇḍa-purāṇa II. 36. 27.
Source: Shodhganga: The saurapurana - a critical study

Dānta (दान्त) is the name of one of the seven sages (saptarṣi) in the Svārociṣa-Manvantara: the second of the fourteen Manvantaras, according to the 10th century Saurapurāṇa: one of the various Upapurāṇas depicting Śaivism.—Accordingly, “In this second [Svārociṣa] Manvantara the deities are the Tuṣitas, Vipaścit is the name of the Indra, and Ūrja, Stambha, Prāṇa, Dānta, Ṛṣabha, Timira and Sārvarivān (Arvarīvān?) are the seven sages”.

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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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Vyakarana (Sanskrit grammar)

Source: Wikisource: A dictionary of Sanskrit grammar

Danta (दन्त).—Place where the utterance of dental letters originates;cf. ऌतुलसानां दन्ताः (ḷtulasānāṃ dantāḥ) S. K. on P. I. 1.9.

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Vyakarana (व्याकरण, vyākaraṇa) refers to Sanskrit grammar and represents one of the six additional sciences (vedanga) to be studied along with the Vedas. Vyakarana concerns itself with the rules of Sanskrit grammar and linguistic analysis in order to establish the correct context of words and sentences.

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Shilpashastra (iconography)

Source: Shodhganga: The significance of the mūla-beras (śilpa)

1) Danta (दन्त) refers to “ivory” and represents a kind of material used for the making of images (Hindu icons), as defined in the texts dealing with śilpa (arts and crafs), known as śilpaśāstras.—The materials listed in the Āgamas for the making of images are wood, stone, precious gems, metals, terracotta, laterite, earth, and a combination of two or three or more of the materials specified above. Kaṭuśarkarā (brick) and danta (ivory) are also used for making images. The materials recommended in the śilpaśāstra for the fashioning of images are unburnt clay, burnt clay as in brick or terracotta, sudhā (a special kind of mortar/plaster), composite earth, wood, stone, metal, ivory (danta), dhātu (mineral), pigment, and precious stones. Ivory (danta) is not used for idols meant for worship. It is only used for decorative purposes.

2) Danta refers to a “tusk”, representing one of the several “attributes” (āyudha) or “accessories” of a detiy commonly seen depicted in Hindu iconography.—The śilpa texts have classified the various accessories under the broad heading of āyudha or karuvi (implement), including even flowers, animals, and musical instruments. Some of the work tools held in the hands of deities are, for example, Danta.

Source: Shodhganga: Elements of Art and Architecture in the Trtiyakhanda of the Visnudharmottarapurana (shilpa)

Danta (दन्त) or “nose” refers to one of the various body parts whose Measurements should follow the principles of ancient Indian Painting (citra), according to the Viṣṇudharmottarapurāṇa, an ancient Sanskrit text which (being encyclopedic in nature) deals with a variety of cultural topics such as arts, architecture, music, grammar and astronomy.—In the Viṣṇudharmottarapurāṇa, a specific measurement of every limb of a man as well as of a woman is elaborately and systematically discussed. In this book, the writer has presented the measurement of almost all the body parts that should be maintained in a picture. For example, Danta (“teeth”) should be 1/12 aṅgulas.

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Shilpashastra (शिल्पशास्त्र, śilpaśāstra) represents the ancient Indian science (shastra) of creative arts (shilpa) such as sculpture, iconography and painting. Closely related to Vastushastra (architecture), they often share the same literature.

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Ayurveda (science of life)

Toxicology (Study and Treatment of poison)

Source: Shodhganga: Kasyapa Samhita—Text on Visha Chikitsa

Danta (दन्त) refers to the “teeth”, as taught in the Ceṣṭita (“symptoms of snake-bites”) section of the Kāśyapa Saṃhitā: an ancient Sanskrit text from the Pāñcarātra tradition dealing with both Tantra and Viṣacikitsā—an important topic from Āyurveda which deals with the study of Toxicology (Agadatantra or Sarpavidyā).—Sage Kāśyapa adds a graphic description of the features of a fatally bitten victim. Blackish-blue coloured blood oozing from the site of a fatal snake-bite, thirst, sweat, stiffness of limbs, horripilation, trembling of organs, ungainly appearance of lips and teeth (danta) [dantoṣṭānāmatha vikaṭatā], nasal speech, loss of consciousness and disfigurement—all these are surefire signs of a fatally bitten person.

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

Source: Shodhganga: Drumavichitrikarnam—Plant mutagenesis in ancient India

Danta (दन्त) refers to “ivory”, the dust of which is used by certain bio-organical recipes for plant mutagenesis, such as turning plants into creepers, according to the Vṛkṣāyurveda by Sūrapāla (1000 CE): an encyclopedic work dealing with the study of trees and the principles of ancient Indian agriculture.—Accordingly, “Musa paradisiaca tree with its root pierced with a golden rod heated in fire of dust of ivory (danta), turns into a creeper producing fruits for a long time (or fruits of large size). Musa paradisiaca creeper produces wealth in the form of plantains as big as elephant's teeth if the roots are pierced with an iron needle which is heated in the fire made of dry cow dung and bones of pig, elephant and horse”.

Unclassified Ayurveda definitions

Source: gurumukhi.ru: Ayurveda glossary of terms

Danta (दन्त):—[dantaḥ] Tooth

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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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Shaktism (Shakta philosophy)

Source: Google Books: Manthanabhairavatantram

1) Danta (दन्त) refers to the “teeth”, according to the Manthānabhairavatantra, a vast sprawling work that belongs to a corpus of Tantric texts concerned with the worship of the goddess Kubjikā.—Accordingly, while describing the signs of one who is a Siddha: “There is (an auspicious) line on his foot and (the lines) on his hand (are shaped) like an auspicious lotus. His shoulders are equal as are (his) teeth [i.e., sama-dantasamaskandhastathā danto]; his neck and breasts are upraised. Or else he may be bent over. Such a one is part of the Siddha lineage. (His) thigh is (strong as if) issuing from a wheel and he has a faint auspicious line of hair (on his belly). His gait is playful and his body well proportioned. Such is the mark of a Siddha”.

2) Danta (दन्त) refers to “(those who are) forbearing”, according to the Manthānabhairavatantra.—Accordingly, “The Siddhas Khagendra and the rest who are the gems of those who have made the Kula are the incarnations of Rudras on Kanyādvīpa, the sacred site, the most excellent land of Bhārata to which the host of sages bow. From them the initiation which makes all things manifest has come into being by (their) incomparable austerity. I bow all around to those excellent heroes who, free and forbearing (danta), have sanctified all things”.

Source: Brill: Śaivism and the Tantric Traditions (shaktism)

Dāntā (दान्ता) refers to “she who is mild” and is used to describe the deities of the ten gestures (mudrā-daśaka-devatā), according to the King Vatsarāja’s Pūjāstuti called the Kāmasiddhistuti (also Vāmakeśvarīstuti), guiding one through the worship of the Goddess Nityā.—Accordingly, “[...] May the deities of the ten gestures, who [have forms that] are in accordance with the powers of their respective gestures, are mild (dāntā), and carry a snare and goad, endow me with the object of my desire. May the sixteen goddesses of attraction, [representing] the perennial constitutive digits of Kalānidhi [i.e. the Moon], draw towards me the object of my desire. [...]”.

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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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Kavya (poetry)

Source: Brill: Śaivism and the Tantric Traditions (kavya)

Danta (दन्त) refers to “ivory (of wild elephants)”, according to Bāṇa’s Kādambarī (p. 224-228).—Accordingly, “[Going ahead a little, he then sees that the Goddess Caṇḍikā] was enclosed by a door made from the ivory of wild elephants (vana-dvirada-danta), as yellowish-white as fragments of ketakī filaments, and an iron architrave bearing an ornamental garland of black iron mirrors surrounded by a row of red yak tail whisks resembling a garland of Śabara heads horrific with tawny hair”.

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Kavya (काव्य, kavya) refers to Sanskrit poetry, a popular ancient Indian tradition of literature. There have been many Sanskrit poets over the ages, hailing from ancient India and beyond. This topic includes mahakavya, or ‘epic poetry’ and natya, or ‘dramatic poetry’.

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Ganitashastra (Mathematics and Algebra)

Source: archive.org: Hindu Mathematics

Danta (दन्त) represents the number 32 (thirty-two) in the “word-numeral system” (bhūtasaṃkhyā), which was used in Sanskrit texts dealing with astronomy, mathematics, metrics, as well as in the dates of inscriptions and manuscripts in ancient Indian literature.—A system of expressing numbers by means of words arranged as in the place-value notation was developed and perfected in India in the early centuries of the Christian era. In this system the numerals [e.g., 32—danta] are expressed by names of things, beings or concepts, which, naturally or in accordance with the teaching of the Śāstras, connote numbers.

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Ganitashastra (शिल्पशास्त्र, gaṇitaśāstra) refers to the ancient Indian science of mathematics, algebra, number theory, arithmetic, etc. Closely allied with astronomy, both were commonly taught and studied in universities, even since the 1st millennium BCE. Ganita-shastra also includes ritualistic math-books such as the Shulba-sutras.

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Shaivism (Shaiva philosophy)

Source: SOAS University of London: Protective Rites in the Netra Tantra

Danta (दन्त) refers to the “teeth”, according to the Svacchanda-tantra.—Accordingly, [verse 4.8-13, while describing auspicious dreams]—“[...] [It is auspicious when one dreams of] a pill, wood for cleaning the teeth (danta-kāṣṭha), yellow pigment on a sword or sandal, sacred thread, ointment, nectar, mercury, medicinal herbs, śakti, a water jar, lotus, rosary, red arsenic or blazing objects of siddhas, which have red chalk as their ends. [...]”

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Shaiva (शैव, śaiva) or Shaivism (śaivism) represents a tradition of Hinduism worshiping Shiva as the supreme being. Closely related to Shaktism, Shaiva literature includes a range of scriptures, including Tantras, while the root of this tradition may be traced back to the ancient Vedas.

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Gitashastra (science of music)

Source: Shodhganga: Elements of Art and Architecture in the Trtiyakhanda of the Visnudharmottarapurana (gita)

Danta (दन्त, “teeth”) refers to one of the ten kinds of sthāna (the organs of utterance), according to Bhattojidīkṣita in his Siddhāntakaumudī and the Saṃgītaratnākara.—During the practise of Vocal Music, the proper production of the concerned sound is always considered as very important. Sthāna or ucchāraṇasthāna is the place of articulation of sound. Bhattojidīkṣita in his Siddhāntakaumudī said about ten kinds of sthāna (i.e., the organs of utterance), e.g., danta (i.e., teeth).

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Gitashastra (गीतशास्त्र, gītaśāstra) refers to the ancient Indian science of Music (gita or samgita), which is traditionally divided in Vocal music, Instrumental music and Dance (under the jurisdiction of music). The different elements and technical terms are explained in a wide range of (often Sanskrit) literature.

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Yoga (school of philosophy)

Source: ORA: Amanaska (king of all yogas): A Critical Edition and Annotated Translation by Jason Birch

1) Dānta (दान्त) refers to “restraint” (e.g., “those students who are restrained”), according to the the Amanaska Yoga treatise dealing with meditation, absorption, yogic powers and liberation.—Accordingly, as Īśvara says to Vāmadeva: “[...] Whenever volition dissolves through constant practice, then the true abandonment of action arises for the Yogin. One should reveal this teaching [only] to those superior students [who are] restrained (dānta), clever, constantly desiring liberation and have confidence [in the efficacy of this path]. [...]”.

2) Danta (दन्त) refers to the “teeth” or “jaw”, according to the section on Pāśupatayoga in the Skandapurāṇa-Ambikākhaṇḍa verse 178.7-8.—Accordingly, “Then, having formed the [hand gesture called] Yogahasta in which the right [hand is placed] on the left, [the Yogin] should have his face slightly tilted down while looking at the tip of his nose, without touching the teeth [of his upper jaw] (danta) with those [of the lower], and bringing to mind Brahma [in the form of] the syllable om, the wise [Yogin], who is free from his ego, meditates [thus] after [having performed] breath control”.

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Yoga is originally considered a branch of Hindu philosophy (astika), but both ancient and modern Yoga combine the physical, mental and spiritual. Yoga teaches various physical techniques also known as āsanas (postures), used for various purposes (eg., meditation, contemplation, relaxation).

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In Buddhism

Theravada (major branch of Buddhism)

Source: Pali Kanon: Pali Proper Names

A householder of Nagakaragama. He gave alms for many years to Maliyamahadeva Thera and the monks of Piyangudipa. Once, on his way to Suvannabhumi, he was shipwrecked, but was rescued by Sihabahu Thera and brought to Piyangudipa. There he saw Sakka and was provided with a ship full of valuables. The king having heard of him gave him Dantagama. Ras.ii.191f.

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Theravāda is a major branch of Buddhism having the the Pali canon (tipitaka) as their canonical literature, which includes the vinaya-pitaka (monastic rules), the sutta-pitaka (Buddhist sermons) and the abhidhamma-pitaka (philosophy and psychology).

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Mahayana (major branch of Buddhism)

Source: Wisdom Library: Maha Prajnaparamita Sastra

1) Danta (दन्त, “tooth”) refers to the “forty teeth”, from which the Buddha emitted numerous rays when he smiled with his whole body after contemplating the entire universe, according to the 2nd century Mahāprajñāpāramitāśāstra (chapter XIV).—Accordingly, having himself arranged the lion-seat, the Bhagavat sat down cross-legged; holding his body upright and fixing his attention, he entered into the samādhirājasamādhi. Then, having tranquilly come out of this samādhi and having contemplated the entire universe with his divine eye (divyacakṣus), the Bhagavat smiled with his whole body. Wheels with a thousand spokes imprinted on the soles of his feet (pādatala) shoot out six hundred prabhedakoṭi of rays. In the same way, beams of six hundred prabhedakoṭi of rays are emitted from his forty teeth (danta).

2) Danta (दन्त, “tooth”) refers to one of the thirty-substances of the human body according to the Visuddhimagga, as mentioned in an appendix of the 2nd century Mahāprajñāpāramitāśāstra chapter 32-34. The Mahāprajñāpāramitāśāstra mentions thirty-six substances [viz., dānta]; the Sanskrit sources of both the Lesser and the Greater Vehicles, physical substances are 26 in number while the Pāli suttas list thirty-once substances.

Source: academia.edu: A Study and Translation of the Gaganagañjaparipṛcchā

Dānta (दान्त) refers to “self-control”, according to the Gaganagañjaparipṛcchā: the eighth chapter of the Mahāsaṃnipāta (a collection of Mahāyāna Buddhist Sūtras).—Accordingly, “[...] Ratnapāṇi said: ‘Son of good family, what are those sixteen dharmas included in?’ Gaganagañja said: ‘Son of good family, the sixteen dharmas are included in thirty-two dharmas. What are those thirty-two? [...] (5) the great friendliness is included in the unhindered thought and the equal attitude to all living beings; (6) the great compassion is included in indefatigability and works to be done for all beings; (7) the purity of body is included in harmlessness and contentment with one’s own possessions; (8) the purity of thought is included in self-control (dānta) and calmness; [...]’”.

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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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Tibetan Buddhism (Vajrayana or tantric Buddhism)

Source: Wisdom Library: Tibetan Buddhism

Dānta (दान्त) is the name of a Tathāgata (Buddha) mentioned as attending the teachings in the 6th century Mañjuśrīmūlakalpa: one of the largest Kriyā Tantras devoted to Mañjuśrī (the Bodhisattva of wisdom) representing an encyclopedia of knowledge primarily concerned with ritualistic elements in Buddhism. The teachings in this text originate from Mañjuśrī and were taught to and by Buddha Śākyamuni in the presence of a large audience (including Dānta).

Source: academia.edu: The Structure and Meanings of the Heruka Maṇḍala

Danta (दन्त) refers to a “tusk” and represents one of the items held in the left hand of Heruka: one of the main deities of the Herukamaṇḍala described in the 10th century Ḍākārṇava chapter 15. Heruka is positioned in the Lotus (padma) at the center; He is the origin of all heroes; He has 17 faces (with three eyes on each) and 76 arms [holding, for example, danta]; He is half black and half green in color; He is dancing on a flaming sun placed on Bhairava and Kālarātrī.

Source: OSU Press: Cakrasamvara Samadhi

Danta (दन्त) or “nails” is associated with Pracaṇḍā and Khaṇḍakapāla, according to the Cakrasaṃvara-maṇḍala or Saṃvaramaṇḍala of Abhayākaragupta’s Niṣpannayogāvalī, p. 45 and n. 145; (Cf. Cakrasaṃvaratantra, Gray, David B., 2007).—The Cakrasaṃvara mandala has a total of sixty-two deities. [...] Three concentric circles going outward, the body, speech and mind wheels (kāya-vāka-citta), in the order: mind (blue), speech (red), and body (white), with eight Ḍākinīs each in non-dual union with their Ḍākas, "male consorts".

Associated elements of Pracaṇḍā and Khaṇḍakapāla:

Circle: kāyacakra (mind-wheel) (blue);
Ḍākinī (female consort): Pracaṇḍā;
Ḍāka (male consort): Khaṇḍakapāla;
Bīja: puṃ;
Body-part: head;
Pīṭha: Pullīramalaya;
Bodily constituent: nakha-danta (teeth/nails);
Bodhipakṣa (wings of enlightenment): chanda-ṛddhipāda (power of desire).

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Tibetan Buddhism includes schools such as Nyingma, Kadampa, Kagyu and Gelug. Their primary canon of literature is divided in two broad categories: The Kangyur, which consists of Buddha’s words, and the Tengyur, which includes commentaries from various sources. Esotericism and tantra techniques (vajrayāna) are collected indepently.

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India history and geography

Source: Cologne Digital Sanskrit Dictionaries: Indian Epigraphical Glossary

Danta.—(EI 7), a pin. (IE 7-1-2), ‘thirtytwo’. Note: danta is defined in the “Indian epigraphical glossary” as it can be found on ancient inscriptions commonly written in Sanskrit, Prakrit or Dravidian languages.

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The history of India traces the identification of countries, villages, towns and other regions of India, as well as mythology, zoology, royal dynasties, rulers, tribes, local festivities and traditions and regional languages. Ancient India enjoyed religious freedom and encourages the path of Dharma, a concept common to Buddhism, Hinduism, and Jainism.

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Biology (plants and animals)

Source: Wisdom Library: Local Names of Plants and Drugs

Danta in the Bengali language is the name of a plant identified with Alternanthera philoxeroides (Mart.) Griseb. from the Amaranthaceae (Amaranth) family having the following synonyms: Bucholzia philoxeroides, Achyranthes paludosa, Achyranthes philoxeroides. For the possible medicinal usage of danta, you can check this page for potential sources and references, although be aware that any some or none of the side-effects may not be mentioned here, wether they be harmful or beneficial to health.

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

1) Danta in Ghana is the name of a plant defined with Ceiba pentandra in various botanical sources. This page contains potential references in Ayurveda, modern medicine, and other folk traditions or local practices It has the synonym Eriodendron caribaeum G. Don ex Loud. (among others).

2) Danta is also identified with Cistanthera papaverifera It has the synonym Nesogordonia papaverifera (A. Chev.) Capuron (etc.).

3) Danta in India is also identified with Alternanthera philoxeroides It has the synonym Alternanthera philoxerina Suess. (etc.).

4) Danta is also identified with Amaranthus retroflexus It has the synonym Galliaria retroflexa (L.) Nieuwl. (etc.).

5) Danta is also identified with Artemisia sieversiana It has the synonym Absinthium sieversianum (Ehrhart) Besser (etc.).

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

· Report of the First Scientific Expedition to Manchoukou (1935)
· Botanical Magazine (1909)
· Botaničeskij Žurnal (1991)
· Chinese Medical Journal (Engl) (1988)
· Historia Amaranthorum (1790)
· Notes from the Royal Botanic Garden, Edinburgh (1988)

If you are looking for specific details regarding Danta, for example diet and recipes, side effects, chemical composition, pregnancy safety, health benefits, extract dosage, have a look at these references.

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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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Languages of India and abroad

Pali-English dictionary

Source: BuddhaSasana: Concise Pali-English Dictionary

danta : (pp. of dameti) tamed; trained; mastered; converted. (nt.), a tooth; tusk; fang. (pp. of dameti), tamed, controlled; restrained

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

1) Danta, 3 (Sk. dānta, pp. dāmyati to make, or to be tame, cp. Gr. dmhtόs, Lat. domitus. See dameti) tamed, controlled, restrained Vin.II, 196; S.I, 28, 65, 141 (nāgo va danto carati anejo); A.I, 6 (cittaṃ dantaṃ); It.123 (danto damayataṃ seṭṭho); Sn.370, 463, 513, 624; Dh.35, 142 (=catumagga-niyamena d. DhA.III, 83), 321 sq.=Nd2 475.—sudanta well-tamed, restrained Sn.23; Dh.159, 323.

2) Danta, 2 (adj.) (Sk. dānta) made of ivory, or iv.-coloured J.VI, 223 (yāna=dantamaya).

3) Danta, 1 (Sk. danta fr. Acc. dantaṃ of dan, Gen. datah= Lat. dentis. Cp. Av. dantan, Gr. o)dόnta, Lat. dentem, Oir. dēt; Goth. tunpus, Ohg. zand, Ags. tōot (=tooth) & tusc (=tusk); orig. ppr. to *ed in atti to eat=“the biter.” Cp. dāṭhā), a tooth, a tusk, fang, esp. an elephant’s tusk; ivory Vin.II, 117 (nāga-d. a pin of ivory); Kh II. (as one of the taca-pañcaka, or 5 dermatic constituents of the body, viz. kesā, lomā nakhā d. taco, see detailed description at KhA 43 sq.); paṅkadanta rajassira “with sand between his teeth & dust on his head” (of a wayfarer) Sn.980; J.IV, 362, 371; M.I, 242; J.I, 61; II, 153; Vism.251; VvA.104 (īsā° long tusks); PvA.90, 152 (fang); Sdhp.360.

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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

danta (दंत).—m (S) A tooth. 2 An elephant's tusk or tooth. 3 A peak of a mountain: also a projecting portion on the side, a knee.

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dānta (दांत).—m (danta S) A tooth. 2 fig. A tooth of a comb, rake, saw; the tip or share-end of a plough, the spindle; the tooth-form ramming head or pounder of a ḍaṅga. 3 fig. Spite, grudge, malice. Ex. tyācā dānta āhē or tō dānta rākhitō. āpalēca dānta āpalēca hōṇṭa (If my teeth bite my lips, as the lips are mine, so also are the teeth.) Used when two parties equally dear or near to us quarrel. The judge, from his equal regard to both, can determine neither for nor against the one or the other. 2 It means also We have only ourselves to accuse for the consequences of our own evil doing. khāyācē dānta vēgaḷē dākhavāyācē dānta vēgaḷē (One set of show-teeth, but another set to eat with.) Expresses Hypocrisy or hollow-heartedness. The figure is originally from the outward tusks and the inward teeth of the elephant. dānta āhēta tara caṇē nāhīnta caṇē āhēta tara dānta nāhīnta Fortune seldom comes with both hands full. dānta uṭhaṇēṃ Used of the festering or rising and swelling of a bite. dānta kāḍhaṇēṃ or dākhaviṇēṃ To show the teeth, to grin. dānta kirakiṭīsa yēṇēṃ g. of s. To be reduced to straits; to be brought to extremities of want or suffering. (Lit. To be reduced to gnash or grind the teeth.) Sometimes the nom. dāntakirakiṭī with kara or lāva and lit. fig. as dāntakirakiṭī karūna bhākara cāvalī, and dāṃ0 karūna or lāvūna tēṃ ōjhēṃ ucalalēṃ, i. e. made vehement exertion. dānta kōrūna kōṭhēṃ pōṭa bharata asatēṃ Can the pickings of teeth ever fill the belly? dānta khāūna or cāvūna avalakṣaṇa karaṇēṃ To vent impotent rage; to grin and snarl at without power to do more. (i. e. To make one's self hideous and ominous for nothing.) dānta khāṇēṃ-cāvaṇēṃ To grind or gnash the teeth. dānta khōcaraṇēṃ To pick the teeth. dānta jhijaṇēṃ To wear away the teeth (as by importunate supplication, by unceasing and fruitless instruction, exhortation, reproof &c.) dānta dharaṇēṃ-ṭhēvaṇēṃ-rākhaṇēṃ-bāḷagaṇēṃ also, in. con., dānta asaṇēṃ To cherish grudge or malice. dānta paḍaṇēṃ g. of s. To be crest-fallen; to feel a sense of defeat or disgrace. dānta pājaviṇēṃ To long and hanker after things (esp. eatables) difficult of obtainment. dānta pāḍaṇēṃ g. of o. To get the better of; to outwit, overcome, silence, nonplus. dānta pāḍūna hātāvara dēṇēṃ A phrase used in vulgar threatening, answering to To knock one's teeth down his throat. dānta vaṭhaṇēṃ-lāgaṇaṃ with vara g. of o. To take effect; to prevail or operate--a curse uttered. dānta vāsaṇēṃ g. of s. To sit in despondent listlessness after vain exertion. dānta vāsūna paḍaṇēṃ To be laid on one's back from sickness. 2 See above. dānta vicakaṇēṃ To beg humbly and whiningly. 2 To grin. dānta hōṇṭa khāṇēṃ or cāvaṇēṃ To gnash or grind the teeth; to bite the lips. dāntākhālī ghālaṇēṃ-dharaṇēṃ To oppress or worry exceedingly. dāntāñcēṃ viṣa bādhaṇēṃ g. of s. To have one's curses taking effect; or to be capable of cursing with effect. dāntāñcyā kaṇyā karaṇēṃ g. of s. See dānta jhijaṇēṃ. dāntāñcyā ghugaṛyā hōṇēṃ g. of s. To have loose and shaking teeth. 2 fig. To labor hard (in teaching, enjoining, begging). dāntāṃvara māṃsa nasaṇēṃ g. of s. To be poverty-stricken and powerless: also to be impotent to harm or contend with. Pr. dāntāṃvara māṃsa nāhīṃ āṇi mōṭhyāśīṃ gāṇṭha ghālatō. Also dāntīṃ &c. dāntāṃvara yēṇēṃ To fall upon as a burden or loss--a business expected to be profitable. dāntāsa dānta lāvūna basaṇēṃ-nija- ṇēṃ-asaṇēṃ To sit, lie, or be hungering. dāntāṃhōṭāṃ- vara jēvaṇēṃ To eat pickingly and daintily. dāntīṃ tṛṇa or taṇa or kaḍyāḷa dharaṇēṃ To humble one's self; to acknowledge defeat or subjection; to profess sub- mission. dāntīṃ baḷa dharaṇēṃ To strain every nerve; to make strenuous efforts. dāntīṃ yēṇēṃ To fly into a rage at. 2 To be reduced to great straits. sōnyā- nēṃ dānta kisaṇēṃ (To scrape or clean the teeth with gold.) To roll in wealth. haṃsatāṃ or haṃsatāṃ haṃsatāṃ dānta pāḍaṇēṃ To knock down, or to confute, pose, or nonplus, smiling all the time.

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dānta (दांत).—p S Subdued, subjected, tamed, reduced to submission. Ex. śānta dānta tapasvī pūrṇa || śucī dharmiṣṭha haribhajanīṃ mana ||.

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dāntā (दांता).—m (dānta) A tooth or cog (of a rake, comb, saw, water-wheel &c.) v pāḍa, ghāla, kara. 2 A sort of rake. 3 The fruit-receptacle of the Plantain. 4 A common term for the plantains that hang (as the teeth of a comb) from the phaṇā or fruit-stalk. 5 The tough filament or fibre hanging from the tip of each plantain whilst within the pōvā (sheath of the spadix or fruit-receptacle). 6 A shrunk or ill-filled plantain. 7 unc A splinter. v nigha.

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

danta (दंत).—m A tooth. An elephant's tusk.

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dānta (दांत).—m A tooth. A tooth of a comb, saw, &c. Fig. Spite, grudge, malice. tyācā majavara dānta āhē. āpalēca dānta āpalēca ōṇṭha Used when two parties equally dear or near to us quarrel. It means also we have only ourselves to ac- cuse for the consequences of our own evil doing. khāyācē dānta vēgaḷē, dākhavā- yācē vēgaḷē Expresses hypocrisy or hol- low-heartedness. dānta āhēta caṇē nāhīnta, caṇē āhēta tara dānta nāhīta Fortune seldom comes with both hands full. dānta ōṇṭha khāṇēṃ-cāvaṇēṃ Gnash the teeth; bite the lips. dānta kāḍhaṇēṃ-dākhaviṇēṃ Grin. dānta kōruna pōṭa bharaṇēṃ Be very stingy and niggard ly. dānta khāṇēṃ-cāvaṇēṃ Grind the teeth; dānta jhijaṇēṃ To wear away the teeth (as by importunate supplication, by un- ceasing and fruitless instruction, reproof &c.) dānta dharaṇēṃ-ṭhēvaṇēṃ-rākhaṇēṃ-bāḷagaṇēṃ To cherish grudge or malice. dānta paḍaṇēṃ Be crest-fallen, to feel a sense of defeat or disgrace. dānta paḍaṇēṃ, Get the better of, outwit, nonplus, over- come; silence. dānta vāṃsūna paḍaṇēṃ Be laid on one's back from sickness. Sit listlessly after vain exertion. dānta vicakaṇēṃ Beg humbly and whiningly. Grin. dāntāñcyā kaṇyā karaṇēṃ To labour hard (in teaching). dāntāṃvara māṃsa nasaṇēṃ To be poverty-stricken and powerless; also to be impotent to harm or con tend with. dāntāṃsa dānta lāvūna basaṇēṃ-nijaṇēṃ asaṇēṃ To sit, lie or be hungering. dāntīṃ tṛṇa or taṇa dharaṇēṃ To humble one's self, to acknowledge defeat or subjection, to profess submission.

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dānta (दांत).—p Subdued, subjected, reduced to submission.

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dāntā (दांता).—m A tooth or cog (of a comb, &c.)

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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

Danta (दन्त).—[dam-tan Uṇādi-sūtra 3.86]

1) A tooth, tusk, fang (as of serpents, beasts &c.); वदसि यदि किञ्चिदपि दन्तरुचिकौमुदी हरति दरतिमिरमतिघोरम् (vadasi yadi kiñcidapi dantarucikaumudī harati daratimiramatighoram) Gītagovinda 1; सर्पदन्त, वराह° (sarpadanta, varāha°) &c.

2) An elephant's tusk, ivory; °पाञ्चालिका (pāñcālikā) Mālatīmādhava (Bombay) 1.5.

3) The point of an arrow.

4) The peak of a mountain.

5) The side or ridge of a mountain.

6) The number thirty-two.

7) A bower, an arbour (kuñja); 'दन्तो निकुञ्जे दशने (danto nikuñje daśane)' इति विश्वः (iti viśvaḥ) Śiśupālavadha 4.4.

Derivable forms: dantaḥ (दन्तः).

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Dānta (दान्त).—p. p. [dam-kartari-kta]

1) Tamed, subdued, overpowered, curbed, restrained, bridled; see दम् (dam).

2) Docile, tame, mild.

3) Self-possessed, self-controlled; Uttararāmacarita 5.

4) Subdued, conquered, vanquished; तस्मिन्दान्ते का स्तुतिस्तस्य राज्ञः (tasmindānte kā stutistasya rājñaḥ) Uttararāmacarita 5.32.

5) Resigned.

6) Liberal.

7) Dental.

8) Patient of bodily mortifications or austerities &c.

-taḥ 1 A tamed ox.

2) A donor.

3) Name of a tree (damanaka).

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Dānta (दान्त).—See under दम् (dam).

See also (synonyms): dānti.

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

Dantā (दन्ता).—name of a rākṣasī: Mahā-Māyūrī 243.34.

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

Danta (दन्त).—m.

(-ntaḥ) 1. A tooth. 2. The peak of a mountain. 3. The side or ridge of a mountain. 4. An arbour. 5. Ivory, elephant’s tooth. f. (-ntī) A medicinal plant, commonly known by the same name Danti, (Croton polyandrum.) E. dam to subdue, tan Unadi aff.

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Dānta (दान्त).—mfn.

(-ntaḥ-ntā-ntaṃ) 1. Tamed, subdued, daunted. 2. Bearing patiently privation, austerity, &c. 3. Dental. m.

(-ntaḥ) 1. A donor, a giver. 2. A well situated about the peak of a mountain. E. dam to tame, to pacify, affix kta, or danta a peak, &c. affix aṇ .

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

Danta (दन्त).—[dant + a], I. m. and n. A tooth, [Mānavadharmaśāstra] 4, 69; [Rāmāyaṇa] 6, 82, 28. Ii. f. , A medicinal plant, Croton polyandrum Roxb., [Suśruta] 1, 139, 18. Iii. When latter part of comp. adj., the fem. ends in , [Kathāsaritsāgara, (ed. Brockhaus.)] 21, 29, and , Mahābhārata 9, 2649.

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Dānta (दान्त).—i. e. I. danta + a, adj. Of ivory, [Rājataraṅgiṇī] 5, 12, 21. Ii. Ptcple. pf. pass. of dam, q. v.

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

Danta (दन्त).—[masculine] ([neuter]) (adj. —° [feminine] ā & ī) tooth, fang; an elephant’s tusk, ivory.

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Dānta (दान्त).—1. [adjective] tamed, subdued, patient, passionless; [masculine] a man’s name.

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Dānta (दान्त).—2. [adjective] made of ivory.

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

1) Danta (दन्त):—m. ([from] &) = dat, [Ṛg-veda vi, 75, 11; Atharva-veda] etc. (n., [Rāmāyaṇa vi, 82, 28]; ifc., f(ā). [Kathāsaritsāgara xxi; Caurapañcāśikā] or f(ī). [Mahābhārata ix; Mṛcchakaṭikā x, 13; Varāha-mihira’s Bṛhat-saṃhitā; Ghaṭakarpara] [Pāṇini 4-1, 55])

2) the number 32 [Gaṇitādhyāya]

3) an elephant’s tusk, ivory, [Mahābhārata; Rāmāyaṇa] etc.

4) the point (of an arrow? atharī), [Ṛg-veda iv, 6, 8]

5) the peak or ridge of a mountain, [Haravijaya iv, 32; Dharmaśarmābhyudaya vii, 32]

6) an arbour, [Śiśupāla-vadha iv, 40]

7) a pin used in playing a lute, [Haravijaya i, 9]

8) Dānta (दान्त):—1. dānta mfn. (√dam) tamed, broken in, restrained, subdued

9) mild, patient, [Brāhmaṇa; Manu-smṛti; Mahābhārata] etc.

10) liberal, [cf. Lexicographers, esp. such as amarasiṃha, halāyudha, hemacandra, etc.]

11) m. a tamed ox or steer (cf. damya), [Rājataraṅgiṇī v, 432]

12) a donor, giver, [Horace H. Wilson]

13) Ficus Indica or = damanaka, [cf. Lexicographers, esp. such as amarasiṃha, halāyudha, hemacandra, etc.]

14) Name of a son of Bhīma, [Nalopākhyāna 1, 9]

15) of a bull, [Kathāsaritsāgara xvi, 295]

16) [plural] of a school of the [Atharva-veda]

17) Dāntā (दान्ता):—[from dānta] f. of an Apsaras, [Mahābhārata xiii, 1425.]

18) Dānta (दान्त):—2. dānta mf(ī)n. ([from] danta) made of ivory, [Mahābhārata; Rāmāyaṇa; Suśruta]

19) 3. dānta mfn. ending in , [MānGr, i, 18; Gobhila-śrāddha-kalpa ii, 8, 16.]

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

1) Danta (दन्त):—(ntaḥ) 1. m. A tooth; a peak; a ridge; an arbour. f. A medicinal plant (Croton polyandrum).

2) Dānta (दान्त):—[(ntaḥ-ntā-ntaṃ) a.] Tamed; bearing patiently; dental. m. A giver; a well on the peak of a mountain.

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

Dānta (दान्त) in the Sanskrit language is related to the Prakrit words: Daṃta, Diṇṇa.

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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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Prakrit-English dictionary

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

1) Daṃta (दंत) in the Prakrit language is related to the Sanskrit word: Dadat.

2) Daṃta (दंत) also relates to the Sanskrit word: Dānta.

3) Daṃta (दंत) also relates to the Sanskrit word: Dānta.

4) Daṃta (दंत) also relates to the Sanskrit word: Dānta.

5) Daṃta (दंत) also relates to the Sanskrit word: Danta.

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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

Daṃta (ದಂತ):—

1) [noun] any of a set of hard, bonelike structures set in the jaws of most vertebrates that consists typically of a sensitive, vascular pulp surrounded by dentin and coated on the crown with enamel and on the root with cementum, and used for biting, tearing, chewing, and also as weapons of attack or defence; a tooth.

2) [noun] a very long, large, pointed tooth, usu. one of a pair, projecting outside the mouth in elephants, wild boars, walruses, etc., and used for defence, digging up food, etc.; a tusk.

3) [noun] the crest or summit of a hill or mountain ending in a point; a peak.

4) [noun] the table land by the side or around a mountain.

5) [noun] a thick growth of shrubs or underbrush; a thicket.

6) [noun] the thin point, tip of a weapon (as of a sword).

7) [noun] the plant Croton tigilium of Euphorbiaceae family the seeds of which are used as a purgative.

8) [noun] (math.) the symbol for the number thirty-two.

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Daṃta (ದಂತ):—[noun] (hist.) an ancient tax.

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Dāṃta (ದಾಂತ):—[noun] a word or unit of sound that ends with the sound of 'ದ'.

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Dāṃta (ದಾಂತ):—

1) [adjective] subdued; overcome.

2) [adjective] tamed; domesticated; trained to be submissive.

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Dāṃta (ದಾಂತ):—

1) [noun] a subduing of one’s passions.

2) [noun] a man who has subdued his passions.

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Kannada is a Dravidian language (as opposed to the Indo-European language family) mainly spoken in the southwestern region of India.

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