Dvija, Dvijā, Dvi-ja: 10 definitions


Dvija means something in Hinduism, Sanskrit, Buddhism, Pali, 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)

Source: Wisdom Library: Āyurveda and botany

Dvijā (द्विजा) is another name for Bhāraṅgī, which is a Sanskrit word referring to Clerodendrum serratum (beetle killer). 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 5.149-150), which is a 13th-century medicinal thesaurus.

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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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Purana and Itihasa (epic history)

Source: Cologne Digital Sanskrit Dictionaries: The Purana Index

1) Dvija (द्विज).—A son of Surasena.*

  • * Vāyu-purāṇa 99. 112.

2) Dvijā (द्विजा).—The first three castes socalled for following the common and special dharmas ordained.1 Insult among themselves and to members of other castes punished;2 also ruled as kings.3

  • 1) Vāyu-purāṇa 59. 21.
  • 2) Matsya-purāṇa 227. 72.
  • 3) Viṣṇu-purāṇa IV. 24. 68.
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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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Languages of India and abroad

Pali-English dictionary

Source: BuddhaSasana: Concise Pali-English Dictionary

dvija : (m.) a brahmin; a bird; a tooth; (twice-born).

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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

dvija (द्विज) [or द्विजन्मा, dvijanmā].—a (S) Twice-born. 2 Used as s m A Brahman, a Kshatriya, or a Vyshya, of whom their investiture with the characteristic string at years of puberty constitutes, religiously and metaphorically, the second birth. 3 Any oviparous animal; a bird, a snake, a fish &c.: (first born in the shell and then produced from it.) 4 A tooth.

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

dvija (द्विज).—a Twice-born. m A Brah- man or Kshatriya or a Vaishya. A bird. A tooth.

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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

Source: DDSA: The practical Sanskrit-English dictionary

Dvija (द्विज).—'twice-born'

1) a man of any of the first three castes of the Hindus (a Brāhmaṇa, Kṣatriya or Vaiśya); मातुर्यदग्रे जायन्ते द्वितीयं मौञ्जिबन्धनात् । ब्राह्मणक्षत्रियविशस्तस्मादेते द्विजाः स्मृताः (māturyadagre jāyante dvitīyaṃ mauñjibandhanāt | brāhmaṇakṣatriyaviśastasmādete dvijāḥ smṛtāḥ) Y.1.39.

2) Brāhmaṇa (over whom the Saṃskāras or purificatory rites are performed); जन्मना ब्राह्मणो ज्ञेयः संस्कारै- र्द्विज उच्यते (janmanā brāhmaṇo jñeyaḥ saṃskārai- rdvija ucyate).

3) any oviparous animal, such as a bird, snake, fish &c.; Mb.12.361.5. (dvijaśreṣṭha = dvijānā- maṇḍajānāṃ sarpāṇāṃ śreṣṭha); स तमानन्दमविन्दत द्विजः (sa tamānandamavindata dvijaḥ) N.2.1; Ś.5.22; R.12.22; Mu.1.11; Ms.5.17.

4) a tooth; कीर्णं द्विजानां गणैः (kīrṇaṃ dvijānāṃ gaṇaiḥ) Bh.1.13. (where dvija means 'a Brāhmaṇa' also).

5) A star; L. D. B.

6) A kind of horse; जलोद्भवा द्विजा ज्ञेयाः (jalodbhavā dvijā jñeyāḥ) Aśvachikitsā.

7) A Brahmachārī; Bhāg.11.18.42. °अग्र्य (agrya) a Brāhmaṇa. °अयनी (ayanī) the sacred thread worn by the first three castes of the Hindus. °आलयः (ālayaḥ)

1) the house of a dvija.

2) a nest. °इन्द्रः, °ईशः (indraḥ, °īśaḥ)

1) the moon; द्विजेन्द्रकान्तं श्रितवक्षसं श्रिया (dvijendrakāntaṃ śritavakṣasaṃ śriyā) Śi.12.3.

2) an epithet of Garuḍa.

3) camphor. °दासः (dāsaḥ) a Sūdra. °देवः (devaḥ)

1) a Brāhmaṇa; Bhāg.8.15.37.

2) a sage; Bhāg.3.1.23.

3) Name of Brahmadeva; Bhāg. 5.2.16. °पतिः, °राजः (patiḥ, °rājaḥ) an epithet of

1) the moon; इत्थं द्विजेन द्विजराजकान्तिः (itthaṃ dvijena dvijarājakāntiḥ) R.5.23.

2) Garuḍa.

3) camphor. °प्रपा (prapā)

1) a trench or basin round the root of a tree for holding water.

2) a trough near a well for watering birds, cattle &c. °प्रियः (priyaḥ) kind of khadira. °प्रिया (priyā) the Soma plant. °बन्धुः, °ब्रुवः (bandhuḥ, °bruvaḥ)

1) a man who pretends to be a Brāhmaṇa.

2) one who is 'twice-born' or a Brāhmaṇa by name and birth only and not by acts; cf. ब्रह्मबन्धु (brahmabandhu). °मुख्यः (mukhyaḥ) a Brāhmaṇa. °लिङ्गिन् (liṅgin) m.

1) a Kṣatriya.

2) a pseudoBrāhmaṇa, one disguised as a Brāhmaṇa. °वाहनः (vāhanaḥ) an epithet of Viṣṇu (having Garuḍa for his vehicle). °सेवकः (sevakaḥ) a Sūdra.

Derivable forms: dvijaḥ (द्विजः).

Dvija is a Sanskrit compound consisting of the terms dvi and ja (ज).

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

Dvija (द्विज).—mfn.

(-jaḥ-jā-jaṃ) 1. Twice born. 2. Oviparous. m.

(-jaḥ) 1. A man of either of the three first classes, a Brahman, a Kshetriya or a Vaisya whose investiture with the characteristic string, at years of puberty, constitutes, religiously and metaphorically, their second birth. 2. Any oviparous animal, as a bird, a snake, a fish, &c. first born in the shell, and in the second instance produced from it. 3. A tooth. 4. Coriander seed. f.

(-jā) 1. A sort of perfume also called Renuka. 2. A plant. (Siphonanthus Indicus.) 3. Kundur or gum olebanum. E. dvi two, and ja born. dviḥ jāyate . jana ḍa .

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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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