Katalai, Kaṭalai: 3 definitions


Katalai means something in 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.

Biology (plants and animals)

Source: Wisdom Library: Local Names of Plants and Drugs

Katalai in the Tamil language is the name of a plant identified with Cicer arietinum L. from the Fabaceae (Pea) family. For the possible medicinal usage of katalai, 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.

Katalai [கடலை] in the Tamil language is the name of a plant identified with Melastoma malabathricum L. from the Melastomataceae (Melastome) family.

Source: Google Books: CRC World Dictionary (Regional names)

Katalai in India is the name of a plant defined with Cicer arietinum in various botanical sources. This page contains potential references in Ayurveda, modern medicine, and other folk traditions or local practices It has the synonym Ononis crotalarioides M.E. Jones, nom. illeg. (among others).

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

· Taxon (1984)
· Contributions to Western Botany (1929)
· Bot. Handb.. (1796)
· Fl. Trop. E. Africa, Leguminosae
· Nomenclator Botanicus (1840)
· Phytologia (1964)

If you are looking for specific details regarding Katalai, for example side effects, pregnancy safety, health benefits, diet and recipes, chemical composition, extract dosage, have a look at these references.

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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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Tamil dictionary

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Source: DDSA: University of Madras: Tamil Lexicon

Kaṭalai (கடலை) noun

1. [K. Travancore usage kaḍale, M. kaḍala.] Bengal-gram, small shrub, Cicer arietinum, one of nava tāṉiyam, q.v.; நவதானியத்தொன்று. நறுநெய்க்கடலை விசைப்ப [navathaniyathonru. naruneykkadalai visaippa] (புறநானூறு [purananuru] 120, 14).

2. Indian Rhododendron, large shrub, Melastoma malabaricum; சிறுமரவகை. [sirumaravagai.]

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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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