Haha, Hahā, Hāhā: 20 definitions


Haha means something in Hinduism, Sanskrit, Jainism, Prakrit, Marathi, Hindi, biology, Tamil. 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.

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In Hinduism

Purana and Itihasa (epic history)

Source: archive.org: Puranic Encyclopedia

Hāhā (हाहा).—A Gandharva, the son of Kaśyapaprajāpati by his wife Pradhā. (Ādi Parva, Chapter 122, Verse 59). Other Information. (1) Hāhā was present at the birthday celebrations of Arjuna. (Ādi Parva, Chapter 122, Verse 59).

He lives in Kubera’s assembly. (Sabhā Parva, Chapter 10, Verse 25).

Hāhā welcomed Arjuna in the Devaloka when once he visited the place. (Vana Parva, Chapter 43. Verse 14). (See full article at Story of Hāhā from the Puranic encyclopaedia by Vettam Mani)

Source: archive.org: Shiva Purana - English Translation

Hāhā (हाहा) or Hāhākāra refers to “exclamations of Hā Hā!”, according to the Śivapurāṇa 2.2.30. Accordingly as Brahmā narrated to Nārada:—“[...] When people were saying thus on seeing the self-immolation of Satī, her attendants rose up in anger with their weapons. They had been waiting near the door numbering sixty thousand. Those powerful attendants of lord Śiva became furious. Those attendants of Śiva shouted exclamations—Hā Hā [viz., hāhā-kāra], fie, fie, no, no, loudly and frequently. The quarters were pervaded with the shouts of Hā, Hā. The Devas and sages who had assembled there were struck with fear”.

Source: Cologne Digital Sanskrit Dictionaries: The Purana Index

1) Hahā (हहा).—The Gandharva presiding over the month of Śukra;1 with the sun in summer;2 expert in divine music.3

  • 1) Bhāgavata-purāṇa XII. 11. 36; Brahmāṇḍa-purāṇa III. 7. 8.
  • 2) Vāyu-purāṇa 52. 7.
  • 3) Ib. 69. 46.

2) Hāhā (हाहा).—A Gandharva singer who entertains Brahmā with music;1 with the sun in the months of śuci and śukra;2 see Hāhā.

  • 1) Bhāgavata-purāṇa X. 52. 15[4]; Viṣṇu-purāṇa IV. 1. 68.
  • 2) Brahmāṇḍa-purāṇa II. 23. 7; Viṣṇu-purāṇa II. 107:
Source: JatLand: List of Mahabharata people and places

Haha (हह) is a name mentioned in the Mahābhārata (cf. I.59.49, I.65) and represents one of the many proper names used for people and places. Note: The Mahābhārata (mentioning Haha) is a Sanskrit epic poem consisting of 100,000 ślokas (metrical verses) and is over 2000 years old.

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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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Kavya (poetry)

Source: archive.org: Naisadhacarita of Sriharsa

Hāhā (हाहा) is the name of the court singer of Indra, and is mentioned in the Naiṣadha-carita 2.27.—Some regard the word as a noun, and others as an Avyaya. Cf. Malli; Cf. also Kauśikasūtra 7.56.13 (in connection with Upanayana).

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Kavya (काव्य, kavya) refers to Sanskrit poetry, a popular ancient Indian tradition of literature. There have been many Sanskrit poets over the ages, hailing from ancient India and beyond. This topic includes mahakavya, or ‘epic poetry’ and natya, or ‘dramatic poetry’.

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In Jainism

General definition (in Jainism)

Source: Wisdom Library: Jainism

Hāhā (हाहा) is the name of a gandharva god according to both the Digambara and the Śvetāmbara traditions. The gandharvas refer to a category of vyantaras gods which represents one of the four classes of celestial beings (devas). The gandharvas have a golden appearance according to the Digambaras and the Tumbaru tree is their caitya-vṛkṣa (sacred-tree). They have a blackish complexion and are beautiful in appearance, have excellent physiognomy, sweet voices and are adorned with crowns and neckalces according to the Śvetāmbaras.

The deities such as the Hāhā are defined in ancient Jain cosmological texts such as the Saṃgrahaṇīratna in the Śvetāmbara tradition or the Tiloyapaṇṇati by Yativṛṣabha (5th century) in the Digambara tradition.

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Jainism is an Indian religion of Dharma whose doctrine revolves around harmlessness (ahimsa) towards every living being. The two major branches (Digambara and Svetambara) of Jainism stimulate self-control (or, shramana, ‘self-reliance’) and spiritual development through a path of peace for the soul to progess to the ultimate goal.

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Biology (plants and animals)

Source: Google Books: CRC World Dictionary (Regional names)

Haha in Sierra Leone is the name of a plant defined with Rottboellia cochinchinensis in various botanical sources. This page contains potential references in Ayurveda, modern medicine, and other folk traditions or local practices.

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

· North American Flora (1909)
· Kew Bulletin (1981)
· Tentamen Florae Abyssinicae … (1850)
· Journal of Cytology and Genetics (1985)
· Supplementum Plantarum (1781)
· Revisio Generum Plantarum (1891)

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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

Marathi-English dictionary

Source: DDSA: The Molesworth Marathi and English Dictionary

hāhā (हाहा).—An interjection of grief, sorrow, or pain.

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

hāhā (हाहा).—An interj. of sorrow, grief, or pain.

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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: DDSA: The practical Sanskrit-English dictionary

Hahā (हहा).—m. A kind of Gandharva; cf. हाहा (hāhā).

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Hāhā (हाहा).—m. Name of a Gandharva; हा हेति गायन् यदशोचि तेन नाम्नापि हाहा हरिगायनोऽभूत् (hā heti gāyan yadaśoci tena nāmnāpi hāhā harigāyano'bhūt) N.2.27; हाहाहूहूभ्यां त्वा गन्धर्वाभ्यां परिददामि (hāhāhūhūbhyāṃ tvā gandharvābhyāṃ paridadāmi) Kaus.7.56.13. -ind. An exclamation denoting pain, grief or surprise, (it is simply repeated for the sake of emphasis; see ); हा हा देवि स्फुटति हृदयं ध्वंसते देहबन्धः (hā hā devi sphuṭati hṛdayaṃ dhvaṃsate dehabandhaḥ) Uttararāmacarita 3.38.

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

Hāha (हाह).—Kāraṇḍavvūha 18.13; 50.3; and hāhava, Kāraṇḍavvūha 66.16; names of (a) hell(s), from the context seemingly hot; compare hahava (a cold hell).

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

Hahā (हहा).—m.

(-hā) A Gandharba or chorister of heaven; also hāhā .

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Hāhā (हाहा).—m.

(-hāḥ) A Gandharba, a demi-god of an inferior order, atten- dant on Kuvera and the other gods, and especially the chanter of their praises. Ind. An interjection of surprise, grief, or pain. E. alas, interjection of sorrow, to abandon, kvip aff.; or interjection repeated; also with asi or asun aff., hāhas m.


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

Hahā (हहा).—m. A Gandharva, Mahābhārata 13, 7639.

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

1) Hahā (हहा):—1. hahā ind. an exclamation (= ‘alas!’ in hahā dhik), [Ratnāvalī]

2) 2. hahā m. Name of a Gandharva (mc. for hāhā), [Mahābhārata; Rāmāyaṇa]

3) Hāhā (हाहा):—[from hāhas] m. (for hā hā See under 1. , p.1296, [column] 1) a Gandharva or Name of a Gandharva, [???; Mahābhārata; Harivaṃśa] etc.

4) [v.s. ...] a [particular] high number, ten thousand billions (mahā-hāhā, ‘a hundred thousand billions’), [Monier-Williams’ Sanskrit-English Dictionary]

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

1) Hahā (हहा):—(hā) 1. m. A Gandharba or chorister of heaven.

2) Hāhā (हाहा):—(hā) 1. m. Idem. interj. Expressive of surprise, or pain.

Source: DDSA: Paia-sadda-mahannavo; a comprehensive Prakrit Hindi dictionary (S)

Hahā (हहा) in the Sanskrit language is related to the Prakrit words: Hahā, Hāhā.

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Haha in German

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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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Hindi dictionary

Source: DDSA: A practical Hindi-English dictionary

1) Hahā (हहा):—(nf) sound produced while laughing; humble entreaty; —[karanā] to make humble entreaties.

2) Hāhā (हाहा):—(nf) (sound produced by) loud laughter; entreaties, humble supplication; (int) a particle expressive of amazement, grief, etc; —[ṭhīṭhī] joke and jest, fun and humour; —[hīhī] see —[ṭhīṭhī; 0 karanā] to have humour and hilarity; •[macānā/0 honā] to have a bout of jokes and jests; —[hūhū] loud laughter and hilarity; —[karanā/khānā] to make humble entreaties/supplication; —[macanā/honā] to have fun and hilarity.

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Prakrit-English dictionary

Source: DDSA: Paia-sadda-mahannavo; a comprehensive Prakrit Hindi dictionary

1) Hahā (हहा) in the Prakrit language is related to the Sanskrit word: Hahā.

2) Hāhā (हाहा) also relates to the Sanskrit word: Hāhā.

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Prakrit is an ancient language closely associated with both Pali and Sanskrit. Jain literature is often composed in this language or sub-dialects, such as the Agamas and their commentaries which are written in Ardhamagadhi and Maharashtri Prakrit. The earliest extant texts can be dated to as early as the 4th century BCE although core portions might be older.

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Kannada-English dictionary

Source: Alar: Kannada-English corpus

Hāhā (ಹಾಹಾ):—[interjection] an interjection used to express pain, wonder, mental shock, etc.

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Kannada is a Dravidian language (as opposed to the Indo-European language family) mainly spoken in the southwestern region of India.

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