Hanu, Hanū: 11 definitions


Hanu 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

Vyakarana (Sanskrit grammar)

Source: Wikisource: A dictionary of Sanskrit grammar

Hanu (हनु).—Inside of the chin, mentioned as a स्थान (sthāna) or place which is touched by the tongue when a peculiar sound described as something like किट्-किट् (kiṭ-kiṭ) is produced; cf क्रिट्किडाकरो हन्वां तिष्ठति (kriṭkiḍākaro hanvāṃ tiṣṭhati) R.T.10.

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Vyakarana (व्याकरण, vyākaraṇa) refers to Sanskrit grammar and represents one of the six additional sciences (vedanga) to be studied along with the Vedas. Vyakarana concerns itself with the rules of Sanskrit grammar and linguistic analysis in order to establish the correct context of words and sentences.

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Natyashastra (theatrics and dramaturgy)

Source: Shodhganga: The significance of the mūla-beras (natya)

Hanu (हनु, “jaws”) refers to one of the twelve “subsidiary limbs” (upāṅga), which represents a division of Āṅgikābhinaya (gesture language of the limbs) as used within the classical tradition of Indian dance and performance, also known as Bharatanatyam.—Āṅgika-abhinaya is the gesture language of the limbs. Dance is an art that expresses itself through the medium of body, and therefore, āṅgikābhinaya is essential for any dance and especially for any classical dance of India. Upāṅgas or the subsidiary limbs consist of the eyes, the eye-brows, pupils, cheeks, nose, jaws [viz., Hanu], lips, teeth, tongue, chin, face, and the head.

Natyashastra book cover
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Natyashastra (नाट्यशास्त्र, nāṭyaśāstra) refers to both the ancient Indian tradition (śāstra) of performing arts, (nāṭya, e.g., theatrics, drama, dance, music), as well as the name of a Sanskrit work dealing with these subjects. It also teaches the rules for composing dramatic plays (nataka) and poetic works (kavya).

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Languages of India and abroad

Pali-English dictionary

Source: BuddhaSasana: Concise Pali-English Dictionary

hanu : (f.) the jaw.

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

Hanu, (f.) (Vedic hanu; cp. Lat. gena jaw, Gr. gέnus chin, Goth. kinnus=Ger. kinn=E. chin, Oir. gin mouth) the jaw D.I, 11; J.I, 28 (mahā°), 498; SnA 30 (°sañcalana); VbhA.145 (°sañcopana). °-saṃhanana jaw-binding, incantations to bring on dumbness D.I, 11; DA.I, 97. (Page 729)

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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

haṇū (हणू).—f (Properly hanuvaṭī & hanu) The chin.

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

hanu (हनु).—f The chin.

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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

Hanu (हनु) or Hanū (हनू).—m., f. [han-un-strītve vā uñ] The chin, jaw.

-nu f.

1) That which injures life.

2) A weapon.

3) A disease, sickness.

4) Death.

5) A kind of drug.

6) A wanton woman, prostitute.

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

Hanu (हनु).—mfn. (-nuḥ-nuḥ or nūḥ-nu) 1. The jaw. 2. The chin. f.

(-nuḥ) 1. A drug and perfume: see haṭṭavilāsinī. 2. A weapon. 3. Sickness. 4. Death, dying. 5. A prostitute. E. han to hurt or kill, aff. ut; also with ūṅ, hanū .

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

Hanu (हनु).—[feminine] the jaw.

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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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