Kekishikha, Kekiśikhā, Keki-shikha: 5 definitions


Kekishikha 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.

The Sanskrit term Kekiśikhā can be transliterated into English as Kekisikha or Kekishikha, using the IAST transliteration scheme (?).

In Hinduism

Ayurveda (science of life)

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Source: WorldCat: Rāj nighaṇṭu

Kekiśikhā (केकिशिखा) is another name for Barhicūḍā, a medicinal plant possibly identified with Celosia cristata Linn., synonym of Celosia argentea var. cristata or “cockscomb” from the Amaranthaceae or “amaranth” family of flowering plants, according to verse 5.50-51 of the 13th-century Raj Nighantu or Rājanighaṇṭu. The fifth chapter (parpaṭādi-varga) of this book enumerates sixty varieties of smaller plants (kṣudra-kṣupa). Together with the names Kekiśikhā and Barhicūḍā, there are a total of eight Sanskrit synonyms identified for this plant.

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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)

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

Kekishikha in India is the name of a plant defined with Celosia argentea in various botanical sources. This page contains potential references in Ayurveda, modern medicine, and other folk traditions or local practices It has the synonym Amaranthus purpureus Nieuwl. (among others).

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

· Flora of West Pakistan (1974)
· Die natürlichen Pflanzenfamilien, Zweite Auflage (1934)
· Planta Medica (1997)
· Biological and Pharmaceutical Bulletin
· Journal of Shandong College of Traditional Chinese Medicine (1988)
· Amer. Midl. Nat. (1914)

If you are looking for specific details regarding Kekishikha, for example health benefits, chemical composition, extract dosage, diet and recipes, side effects, pregnancy safety, 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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Languages of India and abroad

Sanskrit dictionary

[«previous next»] — Kekishikha in Sanskrit glossary
Source: Cologne Digital Sanskrit Dictionaries: Monier-Williams Sanskrit-English Dictionary

Kekiśikhā (केकिशिखा):—[=keki-śikhā] [from kekin > kekā] f. (= mayūra-ś), Name of a shrub, [cf. Lexicographers, esp. such as amarasiṃha, halāyudha, hemacandra, etc.]

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Kekishikha in German

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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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