Karpu, Kaṟpu: 4 definitions


Karpu means something in Hinduism, Sanskrit, biology. 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

Natyashastra (theatrics and dramaturgy)

Source: Shodhganga: The significance of the mūla-beras (natya)

Kaṟpu (wedded) refers to the “erotic state of a woman after marriage” and represents an aspect of Akaolukkam (“discipline of one’s personal living”), as defined in the Tolkāppiyam (2nd century BC): a source book on linguistic and grammatical study, social anthropology, psychology and cultural ecology, representing an important piece of Tamil literature.—Akaolukkam is of two types—kalavu (furtive–the erotic state of a woman before marriage) and kaṟpu (wedded–the erotic state of a woman after marriage). The emotions caused by kalavu and kaṟpu-akaolukkam form the thirty-two “special natural feelings”. The thirty-two “common natural feelings” and the thirty-two ‘special natural feelings’ make sixty-four meyppāṭu types which are common for akam and puṟam.

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Natyashastra (नाट्यशास्त्र, nāṭyaśāstra) refers to both the ancient Indian tradition (shastra) of performing arts, (natya—theatrics, drama, dance, music), as well as the name of a Sanskrit work dealing with these subjects. It also teaches the rules for composing Dramatic plays (nataka), construction and performance of Theater, and Poetic works (kavya).

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Ayurveda (science of life)

Source: Wisdom Library: Local Names of Plants and Drugs

Karpu [ಕರ್ಪು] in the Kannada language is the name of a plant identified with Sonneratia alba Sm. from the Lythraceae (Crape Myrtle) family. For the possible medicinal usage of karpu, 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.

Karpu [कर्पु] in the Marathi language, ibid. previous identification.

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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)

Karpu in India is the name of a plant defined with Jasminum auriculatum in various botanical sources. This page contains potential references in Ayurveda, modern medicine, and other folk traditions or local practices.

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

· Species Plantarum (1753)
· Proceedings of the Indian Science Congress Association (1981)
· Cytologia (1992)
· Journal of Tree Sciences (1987)
· Journal of Cytology and Genetics (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

Kannada-English dictionary

Source: Alar: Kannada-English corpus

Karpu (ಕರ್ಪು):—[adjective] black very dark, having no colour from the absorption of all or nearly all incident light; b) completely dark from the absence of a source of light.

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Karpu (ಕರ್ಪು):—

1) [noun] the colour that is black; black colour.

2) [noun] a medicated black lotion for the eyes.

3) [noun] absence of light; darkness.

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Karpu (ಕರ್ಪು):—[noun] a hole, pit in the ground made to catch wild animals.

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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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