Grihakanya, Gṛhakanyā, Griha-kanya: 8 definitions


Grihakanya means something in Hinduism, Sanskrit, 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.

The Sanskrit term Gṛhakanyā can be transliterated into English as Grhakanya or Grihakanya, using the IAST transliteration scheme (?).

In Hinduism

Ayurveda (science of life)

[«previous next»] — Grihakanya in Ayurveda glossary
Source: WorldCat: Rāj nighaṇṭu

Gṛhakanyā (गृहकन्या) is the Sanskrit name for a medicinal plant commonly identified with Aloe vera var. chinensis Baker from the Asphodelaceae family of flowering plants, according to verse 5.47-49 of the 13th-century Raj Nighantu or Rājanighaṇṭu. Notes: Gṛhakanyā is a well-known plant, which grows throughout India. The Aloe or Musabbra (musabbar/musabbara) is prepared by its pulp of leaves. Its Indian varieties are: 1) Aloe vera var. chinensis Baker., 2) Aloe vera var. Aloe littoralis Koening. 3) Aloe abyssinica Lam. Some commercial foreign varieties are: 1) Socotrine Aloes, 2) Cape Aloes, 3) Barbados Aloe.

Gṛhakanyā is mentioned as having twenty synonyms: Kumārī, Kanyakā, Dīrghapatrikā, Sthaleruhā, Mṛdu, Kanyā, Bahupatrā, Amarā, Ajarā, Kaṇṭakaprāvṛtā, Vīrā, Bhṛṅgeṣṭā, Vipulasravā, Brahmaghnī, Taruṇī, Rāmā, Kapilā, Ambudhisravā, Sukaṇṭakā and Sthūladalā.

Properties and characteristics: “Kumārī (i.e., Gṛhakanyā) is cooling (hima), bitter (tikta), and has a typical intoxicating flavour. It is anti-kapha and rejuvenating (rasāyanī). It is indicated in cough, asthma, kuṣṭha (leprosy and allied skin diseases), poisons and in the diseases due to pitta”.

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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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Biology (plants and animals)

[«previous next»] — Grihakanya in Biology glossary
Source: Google Books: CRC World Dictionary (Regional names)

Grhakanya in India is the name of a plant defined with Aloe vera in various botanical sources. This page contains potential references in Ayurveda, modern medicine, and other folk traditions or local practices It has the synonym Aloe vera L. ex Webb (among others).

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

· Les Figures des Plantes et Animaux d'Usage en Medecine (1764)
· Descr. Pl. Anim. (1767)
· Synopseos Plantarum (Persoon) (1805)
· Transactions of the Linnean Society of London, Bot. (1878)
· Nomenclator Botanicus (1840)
· Veterinary and Human Toxicology, (1980)

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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

Sanskrit dictionary

[«previous next»] — Grihakanya in Sanskrit glossary
Source: DDSA: The practical Sanskrit-English dictionary

Gṛhakanyā (गृहकन्या).—the plant Aloe Perfoliata (Mar. koraphaḍa).

Gṛhakanyā is a Sanskrit compound consisting of the terms gṛha and kanyā (कन्या). See also (synonyms): gṛhakumārī.

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

Gṛhakanyā (गृहकन्या).—f.

(-nyā) The aloe, (Aloes perfoliata;) also ghṛtakumārī, kumārī, &c. E. gṛha a house, and kanyā a virgin.

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

Gṛhakanyā (गृहकन्या):—[=gṛha-kanyā] [from gṛha > gṛbh] f. Aloe perfoliata (ghṛta-kumārī), [Bhāvaprakāśa] (cf. kanyakā.)

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

Gṛhakanyā (गृहकन्या):—[gṛha-kanyā] (nyā) 1. f. The aloe.

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