Kanchi, Kañchī, Kānchī: 4 definitions


Kanchi means something in Hinduism, Sanskrit, Hindi, 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.

Ambiguity: Although Kanchi has separate glossary definitions below, it also represents an alternative spelling of the word Kanci. It further has the optional forms Kañchī, Kāñchī and Kāñchi.

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In Hinduism

Purana and Itihasa (epic history)

Source: Shodhganga: Temples and cult of Sri Rama in Tamilnadu

Kanchi or Kacci refers to one of the 108 divyadesas according to Priyavaccan Pillai’s compendium of the Ramayana based on the Nalayirativviyappirapantam.—Kacci is foremost among the divyadesas, and within the City, not less than fourteen are found.

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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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Biology (plants and animals)

Source: Wisdom Library: Local Names of Plants and Drugs

Kanchi in the Telugu language is the name of a plant identified with Cymbopogon martini (Roxb.) W.Watson from the Poaceae (Grass) family having the following synonyms: Andropogon martini, Cymbopogon motia, Gymnanthelia martini. For the possible medicinal usage of kanchi, you can check this page for potential sources and references, although be aware that any some or none of the side-effects may not be mentioned here, wether they be harmful or beneficial to health.

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

1) Kanchi in India is the name of a plant defined with Abrus precatorius in various botanical sources. This page contains potential references in Ayurveda, modern medicine, and other folk traditions or local practices It has the synonym Abrus tunguensis P. Lima (among others).

2) Kanchi is also identified with Atalantia monophylla It has the synonym Turraea virens Hellen., non L. (etc.).

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

· Annales des Sciences Naturelles (Paris) (1826)
· Botanica Macaronesica (1980)
· Willdenowia (1986)
· Familles des Plantes (1763)
· Ethnobotany (2005)
· Flora van Nederlandsch Indië (1855)

If you are looking for specific details regarding Kanchi, for example diet and recipes, side effects, extract dosage, health benefits, chemical composition, pregnancy safety, have a look at these references.

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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

Hindi dictionary

Source: DDSA: A practical Hindi-English dictionary

Kanchi in Hindi refers in English to:—(nf) scissors; shears; a trick applied in wrestling; —[karana] to cut or clip with scissors; —[bamdhana] to apply the trick called [kaimci; -si jabana calana] to talk nineteen to the dozen..—kanchi (कैंची) is alternatively transliterated as Kaiṃcī.

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