Kantakari, aka: Kaṇṭakārī; 5 Definition(s)

Introduction

Kantakari means something in 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

Ayurveda (science of life)

Kantakari in Ayurveda glossary... « previous · [K] · next »

Kaṇṭakārī (कण्टकारी) is a Sanskrit word referring to Solanum xanthocarpum, a species of plant from the Solanaceae (nightshades) family of flowering plants. It is also known as Nidigdhikā. In English, the plant is known as the “yellow-berried nightshade” or the “Thai green eggplant” Among the botanical synonyms are: Solanum virginianum, Solanum Surattense, Solanum mairei. It is a suffrutescent perennial undershrub, growing in dry situations throughout India. It has zigzag branches spread close to the ground and covered with strong, broad, sharp yellowish white prickles. The leaves are armed with yellow sharp prickles. The flowers are blue and the fruits are yellow or white berries.

This plant (Kaṇṭakārī) is also mentioned as a medicine used for the treatment of all major fevers, as described in the Jvaracikitsā (or “the treatment of fever”) which forms the first chapter of the Sanskrit work called Mādhavacikitsā. In this work, the plant is also known by the names Kṣudrā, Kaṇṭakārīkā, Vyāghrī, Nidigdhīkā, Kakṣmaṇā. In this work, the plant is mentioned being part of both the Daśamūla, the Pañcamūla, Bṛhatīdvaya and the Bṛhatyādigaṇa group of medicinal drugs.

Source: Wisdom Library: Āyurveda and botany

Kaṇṭakāri (कण्टकारि).—The Sanskrit name for an important Āyurvedic drug.—Vyāghrī and Nidigdhikā are its synonyms. The plant is fully covered with thorns. Kaṇṭakārī is pungent, bitter, useful for throat and alleviates cough, bronchial asthma and fever.

Source: Google Books: Essentials of Ayurveda

Kaṇṭakārī (कण्टकारी) is the Sanskrit name for a medicinal plant identified with Solanum xanthacarpum, a synonym of Solanum virginianum L. (“surattense nightshade” or “thai eggplant”) from the Solanaceae or “nightshades” family of flowering plants, according to verse 4.30-32 of the 13th-century Raj Nighantu or Rājanighaṇṭu. Kaṇṭakārī is commonly known in Hindi as Choṭīkaṭerī or Bhaṭkaṭaiyā; in Bengali as Kaṇṭakārī; in Telugu as Vankudā; in Tamil as Kandan-kaṭīrī; in Gujurati as Bhoya-riṅgaṇī; and in Marathi as Bhūiriṅgiṇī.

Śvetabṛhatī is mentioned as having fourteen synonyms: Kaṇṭakinī, Dusparśā, Duṣpradharṣiṇī, Kṣudrā, Vyāghrī, Nidigdhā, Dhāvinī, Kṣudrakaṇṭikā, Bahukaṇṭā, Kṣudrakaṇṭā, Kṣudraphalā, Kaṇṭārikā and Citraphalā.

Properties and characteristics: “the smaller Kaṇṭakārī is pungent and hot, increases appetite and is effective in asthma and cough. It cures rhinitis and its complications. It cures the fevers due to Kapha and Vāta doṣas”.

Source: WorldCat: Rāj nighaṇṭu
Ayurveda book cover
context information

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.

Discover the meaning of kantakari in the context of Ayurveda from relevant books on Exotic India

Languages of India and abroad

Marathi-English dictionary

Kantakari in Marathi glossary... « previous · [K] · next »

kaṇṭakārī (कंटकारी).—f C A kind of prickly nightshade, Solanum Jacquini.

Source: DDSA: The Molesworth Marathi and English Dictionary
context information

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.

Discover the meaning of kantakari in the context of Marathi from relevant books on Exotic India

Relevant definitions

Search found 61 related definition(s) that might help you understand this better. Below you will find the 15 most relevant articles:

Shvetakantakari
Śvetakaṇṭakārī (श्वेतकण्टकारी) is the Sanskrit name for a medicinal plant related to Kaṇṭakārī,...
Sita
Sītā (सीता)is the wife of Śrī Rāma; as Śrī Rāma is an incarnation of Viṣṇu, Sītā is also a form...
Rama
Rāma (राम) refers to one of the manifestations of Viṣṇu.—Śrī Rāma, the incarnation of Viṣṇu, is...
Kshudra
Kṣudrā (क्षुद्रा) is another name for Kaṇṭakārī, a medicinal plant identified with Solanum xant...
Dashamula
Daśamūla (दशमूल).—a tonic medicine prepared from the roots of ten plants; (Mar. sālavaṇa, piṭav...
Shveta
Śveta (श्वेत).—mfn. (-taḥ-tā or nī-taṃ) White. m. (-taḥ) 1. White, (the colour.) 2. The planet ...
Lakshmana
Lakṣmaṇā (लक्ष्मणा) is another name for Śvetakaṇṭakārī, a medicinal plant related to Kaṇṭakārī,...
Candrika
Candrikā (चन्द्रिका).—f. (-kā) 1. Moonlight. 2. A small fish, commonly Chanda, (Chanda of var. ...
Vyaghri
Vyāghrī (व्याघ्री) is another name for Kaṇṭakārī, a medicinal plant identified with Solanum xan...
Kantakini
Kaṇṭakinī (कण्टकिनी) is another name for Kaṇṭakārī, a medicinal plant identified with Solanum x...
Mahaushadhi
Mahauṣadhī (महौषधी) is another name for Śvetakaṇṭakārī, a medicinal plant related to Kaṇṭakārī,...
Gardabhi
Gardabhī (गर्दभी) or ‘female ass’ is mentioned in the Atharvaveda and the Bṭhadāraṇyaka-upaniṣa...
Durlabha
Durlabhā (दुर्लभा) is another name for Śvetakaṇṭakārī, a medicinal plant related to Kaṇṭakārī, ...
Candri
Cāndrī (चान्द्री) is another name for Śvetakaṇṭakārī, a medicinal plant related to Kaṇṭakārī, a...
Nidigdha
Nidigdhā (निदिग्धा) is another name for Kaṇṭakārī, a medicinal plant identified with Solanum xa...

Relevant text

Like what you read? Consider supporting this website: