Kanna, Kaññā, Kaṇṇa, Kaṉṉā: 16 definitions


Kanna means something in Hinduism, Sanskrit, Buddhism, Pali, the history of ancient India, Jainism, Prakrit, 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.

India history and geography

Source: Shodhganga: Vernacular architecture of Assam with special reference to Brahmaputra Valley

Kanna is a Tai Aiton term referring to “system of divination”.—It appears in the study dealing with the vernacular architecture (local building construction) of Assam whose rich tradition is backed by the numerous communities and traditional cultures.

Source: Singhi Jain Series: Ratnaprabha-suri’s Kuvalayamala-katha (history)

Kaṇṇa (कण्ण) refers to an “ear”, according to Uddyotanasūri in his 8th-century Kuvalayamālā (a Prakrit Campū, similar to Kāvya poetry).—The Kuvalayamala (779 A.D.) is full of cultural material which gains in value because of the firm date of its composition. [...] On page 55.11 f., there is a description of poor home (aṇāha-maṇḍava) in the city of Mathurā. In its population there was a sprinkling of disabled persons: [e.g., Clipped-ear (toḍiya-kaṇṇa)] [...]. The invaders of the orphan home exchange their views as to which sin may be washed at which holy place. [...]

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The history of India traces the identification of countries, villages, towns and other regions of India, as well as mythology, zoology, royal dynasties, rulers, tribes, local festivities and traditions and regional languages. Ancient India enjoyed religious freedom and encourages the path of Dharma, a concept common to Buddhism, Hinduism, and Jainism.

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Biology (plants and animals)

Source: Wisdom Library: Local Names of Plants and Drugs

Kanna in the Tamil language is the name of a plant identified with Avicennia marina (Forssk.) Vierh. from the Acanthaceae (Acanthus) family having the following synonyms: Avicennia alba, Avicennia mindanaensis, Avicennia intermedia. For the possible medicinal usage of kanna, 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) Kanna in India is the name of a plant defined with Areca concinna in various botanical sources. This page contains potential references in Ayurveda, modern medicine, and other folk traditions or local practices.

2) Kanna in South Africa is also identified with Mesembryanthemum tortuosum It has the synonym Mesembryanthemum tortuosum Eckl. & Zeyh. (etc.).

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

· Enum. Pl. Afric. Austral. (1837)
· Species Plantarum (1753)
· Enumeratio Plantarum Zeylaniae (1864)

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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

Pali-English dictionary

Source: BuddhaSasana: Concise Pali-English Dictionary

kaññā : (m.) a girl; maiden.

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

Kaṇṇa, (Vedic karṇa, orig. not associated with hearing, therefore not used to signify the sense (sota is used instead; cp. akkhi›cakkhu), but as “projection” to *ker, from which also Sk. śṛṇga horn. Cp. Gr. kόrus helmet; Lat. cornu & cervus=E. corner, horn & hart. Further related Sk. aśri (caturaśraḥ four-cornered), śaṣkuli auditory passage; Lat. ācer=Gr. a)/kris, a)/kanos, o)cuζ; Ger. ecke; also Sk. śūla & P. koṇa) 1. a corner, an angle Vin. I, 48, 286; J. I, 73; III, 42; V, 38; VI, 519; PvA. 74; DhA. II, 178; Dāvs II. 111.—cīvara° the edge of the garment Vism. 389. frequent in cpd. catu° (catukkaṇṇa) four-cornered, square, as Ep. of Niraya Nd2 304III=Pv. I, 1013 (explained by catu-koṇa). Also of cloth Vin. II, 228; J. I, 426; IV, 250.—2. the ear Sn. 608; J. I, 146, 194; DhA. I, 390 (dasā°). frequent in phrase kaṇṇaṃ chindati (to cut off the ear) as punishment, e.g. A. I, 47.—Loc. kaṇṇe in the ear, i.e. in a low tone, in a whisper DhA. I, 166.—3. the tip of a spoon J. I. 347.—assakaṇṇa N. of a tree (see under assa3).

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Kanna, (adj.) (Sk. skanna) trickling down J. V, 445. (Page 186)

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Kaññā, (f.) (from kanīna young, compar. kanīyah, superl. kaniṣṭha; orig. “newly sprung” from *qen, cp. Gr. kainόs, Vedic kanyā, Lat. re-cen(t)s, Ags. hindema “novissimus. ” See also kaniṭṭha) a young (unmarried) woman, maiden, girl Pv. I, 111.—As emblem of beauty in simile khattiya-kaññā vā ... pannarasa-vassuddesikā vā solasa-vassuddesikā vā ... M. I, 88; in combination khattiya-kaññā, brāhmaṇa-k°, etc. A. II, 205; IV, 128; Kisāgotamī nāma khattiya-k° J. I, 60; deva° a celestial nymph J. I, 61.

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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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Sanskrit dictionary

Source: DDSA: The practical Sanskrit-English dictionary

Kanna (कन्न).—[kana-kta]

1) Sin.

2) A swoon, a fainting fit.

Derivable forms: kannam (कन्नम्).

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

Kanna (कन्न).—n.

(-nnaṃ) Fainting, falling in a fit or state of insensibility; in some copies this word is read kalla.

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

1) Kanna (कन्न):—m. Name of a Ṛṣi, [Rāmāyaṇa] ([edition] Gorresio), [ v, 91, 7], ([varia lectio] kaṇva)

2) n. fainting, falling in a fit or state of insensibility, [cf. Lexicographers, esp. such as amarasiṃha, halāyudha, hemacandra, etc.]

3) sin, [cf. Lexicographers, esp. such as amarasiṃha, halāyudha, hemacandra, etc.]

4) ([varia lectio] kalla.)

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

Kanna (कन्न):—(nnaṃ) 1. n. Fainting.

[Sanskrit to German]

Kanna 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

Kannā (कन्ना):—(nm) edge, border; that part of the kite to which the string is tied; -[ḍhīlā honā] to get demoralised; to fall into disarray; [kanne se uḍanā/kaṭanā] to come clean out from, to be cut off at the parts where it is tied (said of a kite); to be clean-swept, to be thoroughly beaten.

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Prakrit-English dictionary

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

1) Kaṇṇa (कण्ण) in the Prakrit language is related to the Sanskrit word: Kanyā.

2) Kaṇṇa (कण्ण) also relates to the Sanskrit word: Kaṇva.

3) Kaṇṇa (कण्ण) also relates to the Sanskrit word: Karṇa.

4) Kaṇṇa (कण्ण) also relates to the Sanskrit word: Karṇa.

5) Kaṇṇā (कण्णा) also relates to the Sanskrit word: Kanyā.

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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

Kanna (ಕನ್ನ):—

1) [noun] a hole made by a burglar in a house-wall.

2) [noun] the act or an instance of breaking into a house at night to commit theft; burglary.

3) [noun] ಕನ್ನವಿಡುವ ಕಳ್ಳನನ್ನು ಮನ್ನಿಸಿ ತರು [kannaviduva kallanannu mannisi taru] kannaviḍuva kaḷḷanannu mannisi taru to nourish a viper in one’s bossom.

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Kanna (ಕನ್ನ):—[noun] either side of the face between the nose and ear, below the eye; the cheek.

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Kanna (ಕನ್ನ):—[noun] the part of the body specialised for the perception of sound; organ of hearing; the ear.

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Kanna (ಕನ್ನ):—[noun] the black colour.

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Kanna (ಕನ್ನ):—[noun] the act or an instance of breaking of divine or moral law, esp. by a conscious act; a sin.

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Kanna (ಕನ್ನ):—[noun] a condition of temporary loss of consciousness as a result of an inadequate flow of blood to the brain; faint.

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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

Kaṇṇa (கண்ண) adverb perhaps from கடிய. [kadiya.] [Telugu: krannana.] Speedily, quickly; விரைவாக. கடைக்குப் போய்க் கண்ணவா. [viraivaga. kadaikkup poyk kannava.] Madras usage

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Kaṇṇā (கண்ணா) [kaṇṇātal] intransitive verb < idem. +.

1. To be intently bent upon, mindful; கருத்துவைத் தல். கருமமே கண்ணாயினார் [karuthuvaith thal. karumame kannayinar] (நீதிநெறி விளக்கம் [nithineri vilakkam] 53).

2. To be as precious as the eye; அருமையாதல். என்கண் ணான குழந்தை. [arumaiyathal. enkan nana kuzhanthai.]

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Kaṇṇā (கண்ணா) noun < kaṇā.

1. Long pepper. See திப்பிலி. (வைத்திய மலையகராதி) [thippili. (vaithiya malaiyagarathi)]

2. Racemed lance-leaved Digitate Ivy, Heptapleurum racemosum; சிறுமரவகை. [sirumaravagai.] (L.)

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Kaṉṉā (கன்னா) noun < Urdu qarnā. A musical instrument. See கருணா. [karuna.] (W.)

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Tamil is an ancient language of India from the Dravidian family spoken by roughly 250 million people mainly in southern India and Sri Lanka.

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