Gavi, Gāvī: 10 definitions



Gavi means something in Buddhism, Pali, Hinduism, Sanskrit, 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 Buddhism

Tibetan Buddhism (Vajrayana or tantric Buddhism)

Source: The Structure and Meanings of the Heruka Maṇḍala

Gāvī (गावी) is the name of a Ḍākinī who, together with the Vīra (hero) named Gāva forms one of the 36 pairs situated in the Medinīcakra, according to the 10th century Ḍākārṇava chapter 15. Accordingly, the medinīcakra refers to one of the three divisions of the dharma-puṭa (‘dharma layer’), situated in the Herukamaṇḍala. The 36 pairs of Ḍākinīs [viz., Gāvī] and Vīras are yellow in color; the shapes of their faces are in accordance with their names; they have four arms; they hold a skull bowl, a skull staff, a small drum, and a knife.

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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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Languages of India and abroad

Pali-English dictionary

Source: BuddhaSasana: Concise Pali-English Dictionary

gāvī : (f.) a cow.

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

Gāvī, (f.) (see go) Gen. sg. gāviyā (Pug.56=A.II, 207); Nom. pl. gāviyo (SnA 323; VvA.308); Gen. pl. gāvīnaṃ DhA.I, 396; SnA 323; VvA.308).—A cow Vin.I, 193; A.IV, 418; J.I, 50; Ud.8, 49; Vism.525 (in simile); DhA.II, 35; VvA.200. (Page 250)

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Gavi, a tree-like creeper, in —pphala the fruit of a g. Sn.239 (=rukkhavalliphala SnA). (Page 247)

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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

gavī (गवी).—f (Better gāvī) A smith's pincers.

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gāvī (गावी).—f The pincers, nippers, or tongs (of goldsmiths, braziers, or blacksmiths).

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

gāvī (गावी).—f The pincers, nippers, or tongs.

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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: Cologne Digital Sanskrit Dictionaries: Edgerton Buddhist Hybrid Sanskrit Dictionary

Gāvī (गावी).—(Pali and Sanskrit Gr. id.), cow: Mahāvastu ii.125.4 (prose) gāvīye, gen. sg.; Sādhanamālā 182.4 and 187.17 (prose) raktavarṇa- gāvī-(text em. go-)-ghṛtena.

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

1) Gavī (गवी):—[from gava > gav] a f. ifc. for go, a cow, cattle (See before)

2) [v.s. ...] speech, [Śiśupāla-vadha ii, 68.]

3) Gavi (गवि):—[from gav] ([locative case] sg. of go; in [compound])

4) Gavī (गवी):—[from gav] b f. of va q.v.

5) Gāvī (गावी):—[from gāvāmayanika] f. (in dialect) for go, a cow, [Patañjali [Introduction]] 35; 94; 97, and on [vArttika] 6.

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

Gavī (गवी):—(vī) 3. f. A cow; speech.

[Sanskrit to German] (Deutsch Wörterbuch)

Source: Cologne Digital Sanskrit Dictionaries: Böhtlingk and Roth Grosses Petersburger Wörterbuch

Gāvī (गावी):—f. eine dialektische Form für go Kuh [Patañjali] [?a. a. O.1,10,b; vgl. Gebiete des Deutschen 21,238. fg.]

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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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