Katuka, Kaṭukā, Kāṭuka: 19 definitions
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Ayurveda (science of life)Source: Wisdom Library: Āyurveda and botany
1) Kaṭuka (कटुक) is a Sanskrit word referring to Helleborus niger, a perennial flowering plant from the Ranunculaceae family, and is used throughout Ayurvedic literature such as the Caraka-saṃhitā. The plant is commonly known in English as “black hellebore” or “Christmas rose”.
2) Kaṭukā (कटुका) is another name for Śakulādanī (Picrorhiza kurroa) according to the Bhāvaprakāśa, which is a 16th century medicinal thesaurus authored by Bhāvamiśra. It can also be spelled as Kaṭuka (कटुक). It is also known as Kaṭurohiṇī or Kaṭvī, or in the Nepali language it is known as Kuṭkī. The term is used throughout Ayurvedic literature. Certain plant parts of Śakulādanī are eaten as vegetables.
The plant (Kaṭuka) is also mentioned as a medicine used for the treatment of all major fevers (jvara), 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 Tiktā, Tiktakarohiṇī or Rohiṇī.Source: archive.org: Sushruta samhita, Volume I
Katuka—A taste, which produces a burning sensation at the tip of the tongue attended with a tingling of the part and headache, and is instantaneously followed by a running at the nose (fluent coryza) is called pungent (Katuka). [...] Katuka (pungent), astringent and bitter ones are dry and light in character. The pungent, acid and saline ones exercise fiery or heat making virtues. Tastes such as pungent, bitter and astringent tend to subdue the deranged Kapha.
Katuka (pungent taste) is largely possessed of attributes, which mark the elementary principles of air (vāyu or pavana) and fire (agni or dahana). [...] A pungent taste, which is possessed of the same properties as the Pitta, respectively increases the heat, pungency, dryness, lightness and non-sliminess of the latter with the help of similar properties of its own. [...] A pungent taste is endued with properties which are contrary to those of the Kapha, hence the sweetness, oiliness, heaviness, coldness and sliminess of the latter, are respectively destroyed by the pungency, dryness, lightness, heat and non-sliminess of the former.
Virtueof Katuka—A pungent taste is endued with appetising, resolving (Pachana) and purifying properties in respect of ulcers etc.), and destroys obesity, languor, deranged Kapha and intestinal parasites. It is antitoxic in its character, proves curative in cases of Kushta (skin diseases) and itches, and removes the stiffness of the ligaments. It acts as a sedative and reduces the quantity of semen, milk and fat.
Downfall of Katuka—A pungent taste, though possessed of the aforesaid virtues, may bring on vertigo, loss of consciousness, dryness of the throat, palate and lips, burning sensation and a high temperature of the body, loss of strength, tremor, a sort of aching or breaking pain, and a neuralgic pain (Vata-simla) in the back, sides and the extremities, etc. in the event of its being largely partaken of in exclusion of all other tastes.Source: archive.org: Vagbhata’s Ashtanga Hridaya Samhita (first 5 chapters)
Kaṭuka (कटुक) refers to “pungent (flavour)” and is mentioned in verse 3.4 of the Aṣṭāṅgahṛdayasaṃhitā (Sūtrasthāna) by Vāgbhaṭa.—Accordingly, “[...] pre-spring etc.—by these three (seasons) one shall know the northern course (of the sun), and this (is named) ‘absorption’ (as) it absorbs strength from man every day. [...] then the (rough) flavours bitter [tikta], astringent [kaṭuka], (and) pungent (are) strong in succession. Therefore (the period of) absorption (is) fire-like”.
Note: Tikta (“bitter”) and. kaṭuka (“pungent”) have been translated by thsa(-ba) and khu-ba respectively, on which see 1.14.Source: WorldCat: Rāj nighaṇṭu
1) Kaṭukā (कटुका) is another name for Tiktatuṇḍī, a medicinal plant identified with Coccinia indica (ivy gourd ) from the Cucurbitaceae or “gourd family” of flowering plants, according to verse 3.64-65 of the 13th-century Raj Nighantu or Rājanighaṇṭu. The third chapter (guḍūcyādi-varga) of this book contains climbers and creepers (vīrudh). Together with the names Kaṭukā and Tiktatuṇḍī, there are a total of six Sanskrit synonyms identified for this plant.
2) Kaṭukā (कटुका) also represents a synonym for Kṣudracuñcu which is a variety of Cuñcu, an unidentified medicinal plant possibly identified with (i) Marsilea dentata Linn., (ii) Marsilea quadrifolia Linn. or (iii) Marsilea minuta Linn., according to verse 4.148-149. The fourth chapter (śatāhvādi-varga) of this book enumerates eighty varieties of small plants (pṛthu-kṣupa). Together with the names Kaṭukā and Kṣudracuñcu, there are a total of eight Sanskrit synonyms identified for this plant.Source: Shodhganga: Dietetics and culinary art in ancient and medieval India
1) Kaṭuka (कटुक) refers to “pungent” (in taste) and represents a particular dietetic effect according to the 17th century Bhojanakutūhala (dravyaguṇāguṇa-kathana), and is commonly found in literature dealing with the topics of dietetics and culinary art, also known as Pākaśāstra or Pākakalā.—Accordingly, the dietetic effect kaṭuka is associated with the following conditions: Food utensils made of Hastikarṇīpatra (coral tree leaf).
2) Kaṭuka (कटुक) is used in the process of chewing betel (tāmbūla).—Accordingly, betel leaves (tāmbūla) are generally chewed with areca-nut and limestone powder. One who holds the betel savored in combination with [viz., kaṭuka], can stimulate his appetite and clear the bad smell of his mouth. Five niṣkas of areca-nut, two palas of betel leaf and two guñjas of limestone powder is the best proportion for betel chewing.Source: Ancient Science of Life: Botanical identification of plants described in Mādhava Cikitsā
Kaṭuka (कटुक) refers to the medicinal plant Picrorrhiza kurroa Benth., and is used in the treatment of atisāra (diarrhoea), according to the Ayurvedic Formulary of India (as well as the Pharmacopoeia).—Atisāra refers to a condition where there are three or more loose or liquid stools (bowel movements) per day or more stool than normal. The second chapter of the Mādhavacikitsā explains several preparations [including Kaṭuka] through 60 Sanskrit verses about treating this problem.
The plant plant Picrorrhiza kurroa Benth. (Kaṭuka) is known as Rohiṇī or Kaṭurohiṇī according to the 7th century Mādhavacikitsā chapter 2.Source: Shodhganga: Edition translation and critical study of yogasarasamgraha
Kaṭukā (कटुका) refers to the medicinal plant known as “Abelmoschus moschatus Medikus” and is dealt with in the 15th-century Yogasārasaṅgraha (Yogasara-saṅgraha) by Vāsudeva: an unpublished Keralite work representing an Ayurvedic compendium of medicinal recipes. The Yogasārasaṃgraha [mentioning kaṭukā] deals with entire recipes in the route of administration, and thus deals with the knowledge of pharmacy (bhaiṣajya-kalpanā) which is a branch of pharmacology (dravyaguṇa).
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.
General definition (in Jainism)Source: Encyclopedia of Jainism: Tattvartha Sutra 8: Bondage of karmas
Kaṭuka (कटुक, “pungent”) refers to one of the five types of Rasa (taste) which represents one of the various kinds of Nāma, or “physique-making (karmas)”, which represents one of the eight types of Prakṛti-bandha (species bondage): one of the four kinds of bondage (bandha) according to the 2nd-century Tattvārthasūtra chapter 8. The karmas rise of which gives the taste attribute to the body are called taste body-making karma (eg., kaṭuka).
Jainism is an Indian religion of Dharma whose doctrine revolves around harmlessness (ahimsa) towards every living being. The two major branches (Digambara and Svetambara) of Jainism stimulate self-control (or, shramana, ‘self-reliance’) and spiritual development through a path of peace for the soul to progess to the ultimate goal.
India history and geogprahySource: Cologne Digital Sanskrit Dictionaries: Indian Epigraphical Glossary
Kaṭuka.—(EI 13; HD), an official designation of uncertain import; cf. Mahākaṭuka. See Ep. Ind., Vol XIII, p. 117. Note: kaṭuka is defined in the “Indian epigraphical glossary” as it can be found on ancient inscriptions commonly written in Sanskrit, Prakrit or Dravidian languages.
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Languages of India and abroad
Pali-English dictionarySource: BuddhaSasana: Concise Pali-English Dictionary
kaṭuka : (adj.) sharp; severe, painful; pungent.Source: Sutta: The Pali Text Society's Pali-English Dictionary
Kaṭuka, (adj.) (Sk. kaṭu(ka), from *(s)qǔer to cut; cp. Sk. kṛṇoti (kṛṇtati), Lat. caro “cutlet. ” — k. is almost exclusively poetical; usually explained in prose by aniṭṭha, tikhiṇa, ghora (of niraya); often combined with khara, opp. madhura, e.g. PvA. 119) sharp, bitter, acid, severe.—1. severe, sharp (fig.), of dukkha, vedanā, kāmā, etc. M. I, 10=A. II, 143; J. VI, 115; Th. 2, 451 (=ThA. 281); SA 56.—painful, terrible, frightful (-applied to the fruits of evil actions and to the sufferings in Niraya: see kammapphala & niraya) J. III, 519; Pv. I, 102, 111; IV, 18, 76.—bitter, or perhaps pungent of taste DhS 291; Miln. 65, 112; J. III, 201.—2. (nt.) pungency, acidity, bitterness D. II, 349=J. I, 380; Th. 2, 503 (pañca°); J. VI, 509.—Note. Is k. to be written instead of kadukkha at VvA. 316, where it explains maraṇa? Cp. J. III, 201: tesaṃ taṃ kaṭukaṃ āsi, maraṇaṃ ten’upāgamuṃ.
Pali is the language of the Tipiṭaka, which is the sacred canon of Theravāda Buddhism and contains much of the Buddha’s speech. Closeley related to Sanskrit, both languages are used interchangeably between religions.
Marathi-English dictionarySource: DDSA: The Molesworth Marathi and English Dictionary
kāṭūka (काटूक) [or कांटूक, kāṇṭūka].—n A fragment of wood; a little stick or chip; a chat.Source: DDSA: The Aryabhusan school dictionary, Marathi-English
kāṭūka (काटूक).—n A fragment of wood or a little stick or chip.
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.
Sanskrit-English dictionarySource: DDSA: The practical Sanskrit-English dictionary
1) Sharp, pungent; मधुरो गुडः कटुकं शृङ्गबेरम् (madhuro guḍaḥ kaṭukaṃ śṛṅgaberam) Mahābhārata on P.II.1.1.
2) Impetuous, hot; Rv.1. 85.34.
3) Disagreeable, unpleasant.
4) Fierce. स संप्रहारस्तुमुलः कटुकः शोणितोदकः (sa saṃprahārastumulaḥ kaṭukaḥ śoṇitodakaḥ) Mb.6.7.12.
5) Harsh; यदा ह्यस्य गिरो रुक्षाः श्रुणोमि कटुकादयाः (yadā hyasya giro rukṣāḥ śruṇomi kaṭukādayāḥ) Mb.12.1.4.
-kaḥ 1 Pungency, acerbity.
2) Name of several plants :-पटोल, सुगन्धितृण, कुटज, अर्क, राजसर्षप (paṭola, sugandhitṛṇa, kuṭaja, arka, rājasarṣapa).
-kā Name of several plants :- कटुरोहिणी, ताम्बुली, राजिका, तिक्तालावुक (kaṭurohiṇī, tāmbulī, rājikā, tiktālāvuka).
-kī = कटुरोहिणी (kaṭurohiṇī).
-kam 1 Pungency; (at the end of comp. in a bad sense; as dadhikaṭukam 'bad curds').
2) A compound of ginger, black and long pepper.
3) unpleasant works, speech; क्षमिणं तादृशं तात ब्रुवन्ति कटुकान्यपि (kṣamiṇaṃ tādṛśaṃ tāta bruvanti kaṭukānyapi) Mb.3.28.13.
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Kaṭukā (कटुका).—f. Name of plant, Picrorrhiza Kurroa (Mar. kuṭakī, bāḷakaḍū).
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Derivable forms: kāṭukam (काटुकम्).Source: Cologne Digital Sanskrit Dictionaries: Edgerton Buddhist Hybrid Sanskrit Dictionary
Kaṭuka (कटुक).—(so Index, for text kuṭaka), m. or nt., pool, pond: Śikṣāsamuccaya 249.14 udapānaṃ vā kaṭukaṃ vā kūpaṃ vā puṣkariṇīṃ vā khānayet; Tibetan renders ka° and puskar° both by rdziṅ, pond.Source: Cologne Digital Sanskrit Dictionaries: Shabda-Sagara Sanskrit-English Dictionary
Kaṭuka (कटुक).—mf. (-kaḥ-kī) 1. A plant, the bark and seed of which have an acrid and bitter taste, and are used in medicine for worms, dysentery, &c. (Wrightea antidysenterica.) 2. Gigantic swallow wort, (Colotropis gigantea. 3. A fragrant kind of grass. 4. Mustard. 5. A gourd: see paṭola f. (-kā or -kī) A medicinal plant, used as a sedative and laxative; also kaṭurohiṇī. n.
(-kaṃ) A compound of three pungent substances, a black pepper, long papper, and dry ginger: see trikaṭu. E. kaṭu pungent, and kan aff.Source: Cologne Digital Sanskrit Dictionaries: Benfey Sanskrit-English Dictionary
Kaṭuka (कटुक).—[kaṭu + ka], I. adj., f. kā, Sharp, pungent; of taste, [Kathāsaritsāgara, (ed. Brockhaus.)] 11, 23; of smell, [Rāmāyaṇa] 3, 16, 17; of words, Mahābhārata 13, 6645. Ii. n. Pungency.Source: Cologne Digital Sanskrit Dictionaries: Cappeller Sanskrit-English Dictionary
Kaṭuka (कटुक).—[adjective] = [preceding] adj.; [abstract] kaṭukatā [feminine], kaṭukatva [neuter]Source: Cologne Digital Sanskrit Dictionaries: Monier-Williams Sanskrit-English Dictionary
1) Kaṭuka (कटुक):—[from kaṭ] mf(ā and ī)n. sharp, pungent, bitter
2) [v.s. ...] fierce, impetuous, hot, bad, [Ṛg-veda x, 85, 34; Mahābhārata; Kathāsaritsāgara] etc.
3) [v.s. ...] m. Name of several plants, [cf. Lexicographers, esp. such as amarasiṃha, halāyudha, hemacandra, etc.]
4) [v.s. ...] Name of a man
5) [v.s. ...] f(ā, ī). Name of several plants, [cf. Lexicographers, esp. such as amarasiṃha, halāyudha, hemacandra, etc.]
6) [v.s. ...] n. pungency, acerbity, [Mahābhārata ii]
7) [v.s. ...] (ifc. in a bad sense e.g. dadhi-kaṭuka m. bad coagulated milk, [Pāṇini 6-2, 126])
8) [v.s. ...] n. Name of a plant, [cf. Lexicographers, esp. such as amarasiṃha, halāyudha, hemacandra, etc.]
9) [v.s. ...] an aggregate of three pungent substances (See -traya), [cf. Lexicographers, esp. such as amarasiṃha, halāyudha, hemacandra, etc.]
10) Kāṭuka (काटुक):—n. ([from] kaṭuka) acidity [gana] yuvādi.
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Starts with (+13): Katukabadari, Katukabhakshin, Katukabhanda, Katukabhava, Katukadi, Katukagana, Katukala, Katukalabu, Katukalavu, Katukama, Katukamata, Katukamyata, Katukancukata, Katukanda, Katukanjani, Katukankarantakalyadi, Katukapabhedana, Katukaphala, Katukapphala, Katukaraja.
Ends with: Akatuka, Atikatuka, Dadhikatuka, Kandakatuka, Kannakatuka, Kedarakatuka, Krishnakatuka, Lavanakatuka, Madhuramlakatuka, Mahakatuka, Sakatuka, Tikatuka, Trikatuka, Tukatuka, Ushnakatuka, Utkatuka, Vipakakatuka.
Full-text (+67): Katukarohini, Katukavalli, Katukatraya, Katukaphala, Sakatuka, Katukata, Katukatva, Kataki, Katukabhakshin, Katukavitapa, Kutaka, Bhadrarohini, Benaka, Krishnakatuka, Akatuphala, Lavanakatuka, Kashthavallika, Akatuka, Katukodaya, Shritrikatukavihara.
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Sushruta Samhita, Volume 6: Uttara-tantra (by Kaviraj Kunja Lal Bhishagratna)
Chapter LXIII - Different Combinations of six different Rasas < [Canto V - Tantra-bhusana-adhyaya (embellishing chapters)]
Chapter XXXIX - Symptoms and Treatment of Fever (Jvara) < [Canto III - Kaya-chikitsa-tantra (internal medicine)]
Chapter LI - Symptoms and Treatment of Asthma (Shvasa) < [Canto III - Kaya-chikitsa-tantra (internal medicine)]
Kautilya Arthashastra (by R. Shamasastry)
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Chapter 15 - The Superintendent of Store-house < [Book 2 - The duties of Government Superintendents]
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Maha Prajnaparamita Sastra (by Gelongma Karma Migme Chödrön)
Part 2 - Punishments for prohibited sexual activity < [Section I.3 - Abstention from illicit love]
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The Garuda Purana (by Manmatha Nath Dutt)
Chapter CXCIII - Medical treatment of fever etc < [Dhanvantari Samhita]
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Trishashti Shalaka Purusha Caritra (by Helen M. Johnson)