Kovai, Kōvai: 4 definitions

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Kovai means something in the history of ancient India, 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.

India history and geography

Source: Cologne Digital Sanskrit Dictionaries: Indian Epigraphical Glossary

Kovai.—(SITI), Tamil; name of a gold coin. Note: kovai 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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Kovai.—Tamil; name of a gold coin. Note: kovai 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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The history of India traces the identification of countries, villages, towns and other regions of India, as well as mythology, zoology, royal dynasties, rulers, tribes, local festivities and traditions and regional languages. Ancient India enjoyed religious freedom and encourages the path of Dharma, a concept common to Buddhism, Hinduism, and Jainism.

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Biology (plants and animals)

Source: Wisdom Library: Local Names of Plants and Drugs

Kovai [கோவை] in the Tamil language is the name of a plant identified with Coccinia grandis (L.) Voigt from the Cucurbitaceae (Pumpkin) family having the following synonyms: Coccinia indica, Bryonia grandis, Cucurbita dioica. For the possible medicinal usage of kovai, 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.

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

1) Kovai in India is the name of a plant defined with Bryonopsis laciniosa in various botanical sources. This page contains potential references in Ayurveda, modern medicine, and other folk traditions or local practices It has the synonym Bryonopsis laciniosa var. typica (L.) Domin (among others).

2) Kovai is also identified with Coccinia cordifolia It has the synonym Coccinia cordifolia Cogn. (etc.).

3) Kovai is also identified with Coccinia grandis It has the synonym Cephalandra indica (Wight & Arn.) Naudin, nom. illeg. (etc.).

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

· Proceedings of the Indian Science Congress Association (1981)
· Enumeratio Plantarum Africae Australis Extratropicae (1836)
· Beitrag zur Flora Aethiopiens (1867)
· Cytologia (1983)
· Journal of Cytology and Genetics (1996)
· Species Plantarum

If you are looking for specific details regarding Kovai, for example health benefits, diet and recipes, extract dosage, side effects, pregnancy safety, chemical composition, 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

Tamil dictionary

Source: DDSA: University of Madras: Tamil Lexicon

Kōvai (கோவை) noun < கோ-. [ko-.] [Telugu, Malayalam: kōva.]

1. Stringing, filing, arranging; கோக்கை. கோவை யார்வடக் கொழுங்கவடு [kokkai. kovai yarvadag kozhungavadu] (கம்பராமாயணம் வரைக். [kambaramayanam varaig.] 1).

2. Series, succession, row; வரிசை. [varisai.]

3. String of ornamental beads for neck or waist; கோத்த வடம். (பிங்கலகண்டு) [kotha vadam. (pingalagandu)]

4. Arrangement, scheme; ஏற்பாடு. கோத்த கோவை நன்றாயினும் [erpadu. kotha kovai nanrayinum] (மகாபாரதம் சூதசங்கிதைு. [magaparatham suthu.] 64).

5. A kind of love-poem; அகப்பொருட்கோவை. நற்றமிழ்க் கோவை யுரைசெய்த [agapporudkovai. narramizhk kovai yuraiseytha] (பிரமோத்தரகாண்டம் கடவுள். [piramotharagandam kadavul.] 8).

6. An ancient gold coin; ஒரு பழமொழிைய பொன்னாணயம். [oru pazhaiya ponnanayam.] (I. M. P. North Arcot usage 594.)

7. A common creeper of the hedges, Coccinia indica; கொடிவகை. கோவையங் கனிநே ரென்ன [kodivagai. kovaiyang kanine renna] (திருச்செந்தூர்ப் புராணம். [thiruchendurp puranam.] 8, 56).

8. A climbing shrub, Bryonia epigæa; படர்கொடிவகை. [padarkodivagai.] (பதார்த்தகுண சிந்தாமணிமேகலை [patharthaguna sindamani] 421.)

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