Kantakara, Kaṇṭakārā, Kaṇṭakāra: 7 definitions


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In Hinduism

Purana and Itihasa (epic history)

[«previous next»] — Kantakara in Purana glossary
Source: Cologne Digital Sanskrit Dictionaries: The Purana Index

Kaṇṭakārā (कण्टकारा).—A northern tribe.*

  • * Matsya-purāṇa 114. 42.
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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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Ayurveda (science of life)

[«previous next»] — Kantakara in Ayurveda glossary
Source: Research Gate: On Fish in Manasollasa (c. 1131 AD)

Kaṇṭakāra (कण्टकार) refers to a type of fish identified with Plotosus canius Ham., as mentioned in the 12th-century Mānasollāsa or Abhilaṣitārthachintāmaṇi, an ancient Sanskrit text describing thirty-five kinds of marine and fresh water fishes.—Kantakara has been described as a marine fish with no scales, but nothing has been mentioned about the size. However, because kantakara has been grouped with sharks such as sora and shringasora, we have assumed this one to be a large fish. The word kantakara in Sanskrit means one that pricks with thorns. Hora (1951) suggested that the fish could belong to a species of a genus of catfish eels, Plotosus. Species of Plotosus have spiny fins. We believe kantakara is the name of Plotosus canius Ham., which is a common coastal and estuarine fish.

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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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Languages of India and abroad

Sanskrit dictionary

[«previous next»] — Kantakara in Sanskrit glossary
Source: DDSA: The practical Sanskrit-English dictionary

Kaṇṭakāra (कण्टकार).—Name of a tree (śālmalī); also विकङ्कत (vikaṅkata).

-rī Name of several plants:-Solanum Jacquini, the silk-cotton tree.

Derivable forms: kaṇṭakāraḥ (कण्टकारः).

Source: Cologne Digital Sanskrit Dictionaries: Aufrecht Catalogus Catalogorum

Kāntākara (कान्ताकर) as mentioned in Aufrecht’s Catalogus Catalogorum:—Mantraśodhana [tantric] K. 48.

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

1) Kaṇṭakāra (कण्टकार):—[=kaṇṭa-kāra] [from kaṇṭa] m. a particular plant, [cf. Lexicographers, esp. such as amarasiṃha, halāyudha, hemacandra, etc.]

2) Kāṇṭakāra (काण्टकार):—mfn. made of the wood of Kaṇṭakāra [gana] rajatādi.

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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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