Daru, aka: Dāru; 10 Definition(s)


Daru means something in Hinduism, Sanskrit, Buddhism, Pali, the history of ancient India, 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.

In Hinduism

Ayurveda (science of life)

1) Dāru (दारु) is another name for Devadāru, which is a Sanskrit word referring to Cedrus deodara (Himalayan cedar), from the Pinaceae family. It is classified as a medicinal plant in the system of Āyurveda (science of Indian medicine) and is used throughout literature such as the Suśrutasaṃhita and the Carakasaṃhitā. The synonym was identified in the Rājanighaṇṭu (verses 12.28), which is a 13th-century medicinal thesaurus.

2) Dāru can also represent a synonym for Dārvī, which is the Sanskrit name for Berberis aristata (Indian barberry).

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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General definition (in Hinduism)

Dāru (दारु, ‘wood’) is frequently mentioned in the Rigveda and later, denoting amongst other things the pole of a chariot, logs as fuel, the wooden parts of a car, possibly wooden stocks, and so forth.

Source: archive.org: Vedic index of Names and Subjects

India history and geogprahy

Daru or Devadaru is the name of a tree mentioned in the Kathasaritsagara by Somadeva (10th century A.D).—Daru refers to the “timber-tree” and its forests are mentioned.

Somadeva mentions many rich forests, gardens, various trees (eg., Daru), creepers medicinal and flowering plants and fruit-bearing trees in the Kathasaritsagara. Travel through the thick, high, impregnable and extensive Vindhya forest is a typical feature of many travel-stories. Somadeva’s writing more or less reflects the life of the people of Northern India during the 11th century. His Kathasaritsagara (‘ocean of streams of story’), mentioning Daru, is a famous Sanskrit epic story revolving around prince Naravahanadatta and his quest to become the emperor of the vidyadharas (celestial beings).

Source: Shodhganga: Cultural history as g leaned from kathasaritsagara
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The history of India traces the identification of countries, villages, towns and other regions of India, as well as 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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Languages of India and abroad

Pali-English dictionary

dāru : (nt.) wood; timber; fire-wood.

Source: BuddhaSasana: Concise Pali-English Dictionary

Dāru, (nt.) (Sk. dāru, *dereǔo (oak) tree; cp. Av. dāuru (wood) Gr. dόru (spear), drus (oak); Lat. larix (fr. *dārix)=larch; Oir. daur (oak); Goth. triu, Ags. treo= tree. Also Sk. dāruṇa, Lat. dūrus (hard) etc., Oir. dru strong. See also dabba2, dabbī & duma) wood, piece of wood; pl. woodwork, sticks A.I, 112; It.71; Dh.80; J.II, 102; III, 54; VI, 366; DhA.I, 393; PvA.76 (candana°), 141.

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

dārū (दारू).—f ( P) Spirituous or vinous liquor. 2 Gunpowder. dārū ṭhāsaṇēṃ To swill or swig strong drink. dārū pikaviṇēṃ To distil spirit.

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darū (दरू).—f R (dūrvā S) A grass sacred to gaṇapati, Agrostis linearis.

Source: DDSA: The Molesworth Marathi and English Dictionary

dāru (दारु).—f Spirituous, or vinous liquor. Gunpowder.

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

Dāru (दारु).—a. [dīryate dṝ-uṇ]

1) Tearing, rending.

2) Liberal.

3) Kind.

-ruḥ 1 A liberal or munificent man.

2) A donor.

3) An artist.

-ru n. (said to be m. also)

1) Wood, a piece of wood, timber.

2) A block.

3) A lever.

4) A bolt.

5) The pine or Devadāru tree.

6) Ore.

7) Brass.

Source: DDSA: The practical Sanskrit-English dictionary

Dāru (दारु).—m. (always nt., acc. to Dictt., in Sanskrit, Pali, and Prakrit, except for one Sanskrit acc. sg. dārum), tree: dāruḥ LV 188.14 (verse), end of line, all mss. acc. to Lefm. (Calc. dāru).

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

Dāru (दारु).—mfn. (-ruḥ-rvī-ru) 1. Liberal, munificent, a giver, a donor. 2. An artist. 3. Tearing, rending, a tearer. mn. (-ruḥ-ru) Wood, timber. n. (-ru) 1. A sort of pine, (Pinus devadaru.) 2. Brass. E. dṝ to tear or split, Unadi affix uṇ, or to give, ru Unadi aff.

Source: Cologne Digital Sanskrit Dictionaries: Shabda-Sagara 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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