Kanku, Kaṅku, Kamku, Kāṅku: 10 definitions


Kanku means something in Hinduism, Sanskrit, 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.

In Hinduism

Ayurveda (science of life)

Source: Wisdom Library: Āyurveda and botany

Kaṅku (कङ्कु) is a Sanskrit word referring to the “blossom headed parakeet”. The meat of this animal is part of the māṃsavarga (‘group of flesh’), which is used throughout Ayurvedic literature. The animal Kaṅku is part of the sub-group named Pratuda, refering to animals “who eat while striking”. It was classified by Caraka in his Carakasaṃhitā sūtrasthāna (chapter 27), a classical Ayurvedic work. Caraka defined such groups (vargas) based on the dietic properties of the substance.

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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)

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

1) Kanku in India is the name of a plant defined with Hopea wightiana in various botanical sources. This page contains potential references in Ayurveda, modern medicine, and other folk traditions or local practices It has the synonym Hopea wightiana Miq. ex Dyer (among others).

2) Kanku is also identified with Setaria italica It has the synonym Panicum viride var. italicum (L.) Backer (etc.).

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

· Bonn. Fl. Compl. (1932)
· Essai d’une Nouvelle Agrostographie (1812)
· Species Plantarum (1753)
· Prodr. Flora Indica, or ‘Descriptions of Indian Plants’ Orient. (1834)
· Flora Americae Septentrionalis; or, … (1813)
· Scientia Agricultura Sinica (1989)

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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

Source: DDSA: The practical Sanskrit-English dictionary

Kaṅku (कङ्कु).—(also kaṅgu) A kind of corn.

Derivable forms: kaṅkuḥ (कङ्कुः).

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

Kaṅku (कङ्कु).—m.

(-ṅkuḥ) 1. The brother of Kansa. 2. A sort of panic. E. kaki to go, u aff.

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

1) Kaṅku (कङ्कु):—m. a kind of Panic seed (= kaṅgu), [Varāha-mihira’s Bṛhat-saṃhitā]

2) Name of a son of Ugra-sena (erroneous for kaṅka).

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

Kaṅku (कङ्कु):—(ṅkuḥ) 1. m. Brother of Kaṃsa; Panicum Italicum.

[Sanskrit to German]

Kanku 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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Kannada-English dictionary

Source: Alar: Kannada-English corpus

Kaṃku (ಕಂಕು):—[noun] = ಕಂಕಿ [kamki].

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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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Tamil dictionary

Source: DDSA: University of Madras: Tamil Lexicon

Kaṅku (கங்கு) noun

1. Ridge to retain water in paddy fields; வயல்வரம்பு. கங்குபயில்வயல் [vayalvarambu. kangupayilvayal] (சேதுபுராணம் திருநாட். [sethupuranam thirunad.] 66).

2. Dam, anicut; அணை, கங்குங்கரையுமறப் பெருகுகிற [anai, kangungaraiyumarap perugukira] (நாலாயிர திவ்யப்பிரபந்தம் திருப்பாவை [nalayira thivyappirapandam thiruppavai] 8, வ்யா. [vya.] 108).

3. Side of a bank or ridge; வரம்பின் பக்கம். (திவா.) [varambin pakkam. (thiva.)]

4. Limit, border; எல்லை. [ellai.] (ஈடு-முப்பத்தாறுயிரப்படி [idu-muppatharuyirappadi], 5, 4, 7.)

5. Row, regular order; வரிசை. கங்கு கங்காய் முனைதரப்பொங்கி [varisai. kangu kangay munaitharappongi] (இராமநாடகம் ஆரணி. [iramanadagam arani.] 14).

6. Base of a palmyra stem; பனைமட்டையின் அடிப் புறம். [panaimattaiyin adip puram.] (J.)

7. Cinder, glowing coal; தீப்பொறி. [thippori.] Local usage

8. Shred, piece; துண்டு. சீலை கங்குகங்காய்க் கிழிந்துபோயிற்று. [thundu. silai kangugangayk kizhinthupoyirru.] (W.)

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Kaṅku (கங்கு) noun < kaṅka.

1. Eagle; கழுகு. நரிகள் கங்கு காகம் [kazhugu. narigal kangu kagam] (திருப்புகழ் [thiruppugazh] 110).

2. Kite; பருந்து. (சூடாமணிநிகண்டு) [parunthu. (sudamaninigandu)]

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Kaṅku (கங்கு) noun < kaṅgu. Black Italian Millet, Panicum indicum; கருந்தினை. (பிங்கலகண்டு) [karunthinai. (pingalagandu)]

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Kāṅku (காங்கு) noun < Chinese kaṅg. Large earthen pot; பெரும்பானை. [perumbanai.]

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Kāṅku (காங்கு) noun < கோங்கு. [kongu.] Common caung. See கோங்கு. [kongu.] (L.)

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Kāṅku (காங்கு) noun [K. kāgu.]

1. Dark blue colour; கருநீலகேசி நிறம். காங்கிட்ட கச்சையுமாய்க் கானவர்கள் வந்துகண்டு [karunila niram. kangitta kachaiyumayk kanavarkal vanthugandu] (கூளப்ப நாயக்கன் [kulappa nayakkan] 66).

2. A kind of dark-blue saree; கருநீலப் புடைவைவகை. [karunilap pudaivaivagai.] Local usage

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