Kaku, aka: Kāku; 6 Definition(s)


Kaku 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 Hinduism

Nāṭyaśāstra (theatrics and dramaturgy)

Kāku (काकु) refers to “intonation”. According to the Nāṭyaśāstra, it is part of the ‘vocal representation’ (vācika), which is used in communicating the meaning of the drama and calling forth the sentiment (rasa). The term is used throughout nāṭyaśāstra literature.

There are two ways of intonation (kāku) defined:

  1. sākāṅkṣa (with expectancy),
  2. nirākāṅkṣa (without expectancy).
(Source): Wisdom Library: Nāṭya-śāstra

The two kinds of intonation (kāku) were divided into apprehensive (sākāṁkṣa) and expressing an absence of anticipation (nirāsākāṁkṣa)

(Source): Academia.edu: The Nāṭyaśāstra: the Origin of the Ancient Indian Poetics
Nāṭyaśāstra book cover
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Nāṭyaśāstra (नाट्यशास्त्र, natya-shastra) refers to both the ancient Indian tradition of performing arts, (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 (nāṭya) and poetic works (kāvya).

In Buddhism


kaku : (m.) a knot; summit; projecting corner; hump.

(Source): BuddhaSasana: Concise Pali-English Dictionary

Kaku, (Brh. kakud, cp. kākud hollow, curvature, Lat. cacumen, & cumulus) a peak, summit, projecting corner S. I, 100 (where satakkatu in Text has to be corrected to satakkaku: megho thanayaṃ vijjumālā satakkaku. Com. expln sikhara, kūṭa) A. III, 34 (=AA 620~kūṭa). Cp. satakkaku & Morris, J. P. T. S. 1891—93, 5. (Page 173)

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

Languages of India and abroad

Marathi-English dictionary

kāku (काकु).—f S One of the forms of a proposition--that in which, through the interrogative or other tone of utterance, the sense intended is shown to be opposite to the sense literally expressed. Ex. mī kāya samajata nāhīṃ parantu mī nirupāya hōtōṃ i. e. I do understand; tō kāya murkha āhēṃ i. e. He is not a fool; hē hōṇāra nāhīṃ i. e. This assuredly will be.

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kākū (काकू).—v vulgarly kākūsa f C A respectful compellation for a paternal aunt, an elderly cousin, or other elderly female person.

(Source): DDSA: The Molesworth Marathi and English Dictionary

kākū (काकू).—f A respectful compellation for a paternal aunt.

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