Gokantaka, Go-kantaka, Gokaṇṭaka: 6 definitions


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In Hinduism

Ayurveda (science of life)

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Source: WorldCat: Rāj nighaṇṭu

Gokaṇṭaka (गोकण्टक) is another name for Kṣudragokṣura, a medicinal plant related with Gokṣura (Tribulus terrestris Linn.), according to verse 4.40-43 of the 13th-century Raj Nighantu or Rājanighaṇṭu. Note: Gokṣura is of two kinds i.e. with smaller and bigger fruits. Both these species have more than three spikes. The fourth chapter (śatāhvādi-varga) of this book enumerates eighty varieties of small plants (pṛthu-kṣupa). Together with the names Gokaṇṭaka and Kṣudragokṣura, there are a total of sixteen Sanskrit synonyms identified for this plant.

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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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Pali-English dictionary

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Source: BuddhaSasana: Concise Pali-English Dictionary

gokaṇṭaka : (nt.) the hoof of cattle; a thorny medicinal plant Ruellia Longifolia.

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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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Sanskrit-English dictionary

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Source: DDSA: The practical Sanskrit-English dictionary

Gokaṇṭaka (गोकण्टक).—

1) a road or spot trodden down by oxen and thus made impassable.

2) the cow's hoof.

3) the print of a cow's hoof.

Derivable forms: gokaṇṭakaḥ (गोकण्टकः), gokaṇṭakam (गोकण्टकम्).

Gokaṇṭaka is a Sanskrit compound consisting of the terms go and kaṇṭaka (कण्टक).

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

Gokaṇṭaka (गोकण्टक).—(go-kaṇṭaka) (Sanskrit Lex., of ground, roads; compare Pali gokaṇṭaka-hata, of ground, bhūmi; alleged in Sanskrit Lex. also to mean the hoofs of cattle), lit. apparently having cattle as ‘thorns’ = enemies, afflictions; trampled by cattle, of grain: Divy 19.19 kharā bhūmī, gokaṇṭakā dhānā (so mss., ed. em. dhānāḥ). The Pali cpd. could be rendered consistently with this: afflicted because of being trampled by cattle. This seems to be substantially what is meant by Aṅguttaranikāya (Pali) comm. ii.225.11—15.

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

Gokaṇṭaka (गोकण्टक).—m.

(-kaḥ) 1. The name of a plant: see gokhura. 2. The print of a cow’s hoof or spot so marked. E. go the earth or a cow, &c. and kaṇṭaka a thorn. goḥ pṛthivyāḥ kaṇṭaka iva .

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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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