Karpasi, Karpāsī: 4 definitions



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In Hinduism

Ayurveda (science of life)

Source: WorldCat: Rāj nighaṇṭu

Kārpāsī (कार्पासी) is the Sanskrit name for a medicinal plant possibly identified with Thespesia lampas (Cav.) Dalz. & Gibs. from the Malvaceae or “mallows” family of flowering plants, according to verse 4.188-189 of the 13th-century Raj Nighantu or Rājanighaṇṭu. Note: Ṭhākur B.S. et. al. suggest two species of plants for Kārpāsī: 1) Thespesia lampas (Cav.) Dalz. & Gibs. and 2) Hibiscus esculentus Linn. Choprā suggests Hibiscus vitifolius Linn. Bȧpālāl suggest the name for Kārpāsī as Gossypium herbaceum Linn. or synonym Gossypium barbadense Linn.

Kārpāsī is mentioned as having ten synonyms: Sāriṇī, Cavyā, Sthūlā, Picu, Badarī, Bādara, Guṇasu, Tuṇḍikerikā, Marudbhavā (Marūdbhavā?) and Samudrāntā.

Properties and characteristics: “Kārpāsī is sweet (madhura), cold (śīta), galactogogue (stanya) and quells vitiated kapha and pitta. It is indicated in thirst, burning sensations, exhaustion, illusions and loss of consciousness. It has a supportive rather restorative effect on heart”.

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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

Source: DDSA: The practical Sanskrit-English dictionary

Karpāsī (कर्पासी).—The cotton tree.

See also (synonyms): karpāsa.

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

Kārpāsī (कार्पासी):—[from kārpāsa] f. the cotton plant, [Suśruta]

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

Karpāsī (कर्पासी) in the Sanskrit language is related to the Prakrit word: Kappāsī.

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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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