Ku: 18 definitions


Ku means something in Buddhism, Pali, Hinduism, Sanskrit, the history of ancient India, Marathi, Hindi, 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.

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In Hinduism

Vyakarana (Sanskrit grammar)

Source: Wikisource: A dictionary of Sanskrit grammar

Ku (कु).—(l) guttural class of consonants, ie the consonants क्, ख्, ग्, घ्, ङ् (k, kh, g, gh, ) The vowel उ (u) added to क् (k), signifies the class of क् (k). e. g. चजोः कु घिण्यतो (cajoḥ ku ghiṇyato), VII.3.52, कुहोश्चुः (kuhoścuḥ) VII.4.62, चोः कुः (coḥ kuḥ) VIII.2.30, किन्प्रत्ययस्य कुः (kinpratyayasya kuḥ); VIII.2.62; cf. अणुदित्सवर्णस्य चाप्रत्ययः (aṇuditsavarṇasya cāpratyayaḥ) P.I.1.69; (2) substitute कु (ku) for किम् (kim) cf. P.VII.2. 104.

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Vyakarana (व्याकरण, vyākaraṇa) refers to Sanskrit grammar and represents one of the six additional sciences (vedanga) to be studied along with the Vedas. Vyakarana concerns itself with the rules of Sanskrit grammar and linguistic analysis in order to establish the correct context of words and sentences.

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Jyotisha (astronomy and astrology)

Source: Wikibooks (hi): Sanskrit Technical Terms

Ku (कु).—1. Earth. 2. Base of a triangle. Note: Ku is a Sanskrit technical term used in ancient Indian sciences such as Astronomy, Mathematics and Geometry.

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Jyotisha (ज्योतिष, jyotiṣa or jyotish) refers to ‘astronomy’ or “Vedic astrology” and represents the fifth of the six Vedangas (additional sciences to be studied along with the Vedas). Jyotisha concerns itself with the study and prediction of the movements of celestial bodies, in order to calculate the auspicious time for rituals and ceremonies.

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Ganitashastra (Mathematics and Algebra)

Source: archive.org: Hindu Mathematics

Ku (कु) represents the number 1 (one) in the “word-numeral system” (bhūtasaṃkhyā), which was used in Sanskrit texts dealing with astronomy, mathematics, metrics, as well as in the dates of inscriptions and manuscripts in ancient Indian literature.—A system of expressing numbers by means of words arranged as in the place-value notation was developed and perfected in India in the early centuries of the Christian era. In this system the numerals [e.g., 1—ku] are expressed by names of things, beings or concepts, which, naturally or in accordance with the teaching of the Śāstras, connote numbers.

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Ganitashastra (शिल्पशास्त्र, gaṇitaśāstra) refers to the ancient Indian science of mathematics, algebra, number theory, arithmetic, etc. Closely allied with astronomy, both were commonly taught and studied in universities, even since the 1st millennium BCE. Ganita-shastra also includes ritualistic math-books such as the Shulba-sutras.

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In Buddhism

General definition (in Buddhism)

Source: Wisdom Library: Buddhism

Ku:—(Also called Bardo in Tibetan Buddhism) the state of in-between where you gather energy until life can be resumed. What you experience depends on the life condition you died in, for example, those in the world of hell will suffer anguish, and those in the world of Bodhisattva will experience bliss.

India history and geography

Source: Cologne Digital Sanskrit Dictionaries: Indian Epigraphical Glossary

Ku.—(IE 7-1-2), ‘one’. (CITD), a contraction of Telugu kuṇṭalu or kuccelu, a certain measure of land. Note: ku 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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Ku.—ṟṟam (IE 8-4), Tamil; a district or its subdivision; sometimes the same as nāḍu, but sometimes only the part of a nāḍu. Note: ku 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: Google Books: CRC World Dictionary (Regional names)

Ku in China is the name of a plant defined with Zizania aquatica in various botanical sources. This page contains potential references in Ayurveda, modern medicine, and other folk traditions or local practices It has the synonym Hydropyrum esculentum Link (among others).

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

· Global Change Biology (1999)
· Rhodora (1906)
· Canadian Journal of Botany (2269)
· Canadian Journal of Botany (1984)
· Freshwater Biology
· Molecular Ecology Notes (2001)

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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

Marathi-English dictionary

Source: DDSA: The Molesworth Marathi and English Dictionary

ku (कु).—f S The earth. Ex. of comp. kugati f Motion of the earth. kuchāyā f Shade of the earth. kujyā f Arc of the circumference of the earth. kuparidhi m Circumference of the earth. kuparyaṭana n Traveling over the earth. kupradakṣiṇā f Circumambulation of the earth. kuvṛtta n Circumference of the earth. kuvyāsa m Diameter of the earth. kudina n See in order.

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ku (कु).—ind S A particle of depreciation implying badness gen. It is prefixed at will to Sanskrit nouns, and, with less frequency and with no elegance, to nouns purely Maraṭhi: the few words therefore which are inserted are inserted as examples.

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kū (कू).—n See explained under .

Source: DDSA: The Aryabhusan school dictionary, Marathi-English

ku (कु).—ind A particle of depreciation imply- ing Badness. f The earth.

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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.

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Sanskrit dictionary

Source: DDSA: The practical Sanskrit-English dictionary

Ku (कु).—f.

1) The earth; Śiśupālavadha 19.17.

2) The base of a triangle or any plane figure; कुः पृथ्वी, कुः कुचं कूलम् (kuḥ pṛthvī, kuḥ kucaṃ kūlam) ... ()| Enm.

Derivable forms: kuḥ (कुः).

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Ku (कु).—ind. A prefix implying 'badness', 'deterioration', 'depreciation', 'sin', 'reproach', 'littleness', 'want', 'deficiency', &c. Its various substitutes are कद् (kad) (kadaśva), कव (kava) (kavoṣṇa), का () (koṣṇa), किं (kiṃ) (kiṃprabhuḥ); cf. Pañcatantra (Bombay) 5.17.

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Ku (कु).—I. 1 P. (kavate) To sound. -II. 6 Ā. (kuvate)

1) To moan, groan.

2) To cry. -III. 2 P. (kauti) To hum, coo (as a bee.) ...कुवत्पक्षिकुलाकुलाः (kuvatpakṣikulākulāḥ) Bhaṭṭikāvya 9.1.

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Kū (कू).—1, 6 Ā. (kuvate, kuvate); also [ku] 9 U. (ku-kū-nāti, ku-kū-nīte)

1) To sound, make noise, cry out in distress, खगाश्चुकुविरेऽशुभम् (khagāścukuvire'śubham) Bhaṭṭikāvya 14.2;1.2;14.5;15.26;16.29.

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Kū (कू).—f.

1) A female imp.

2) The earth; कूः कृत्या भूरपि स्मृता (kūḥ kṛtyā bhūrapi smṛtā) Enm.

Derivable forms: kūḥ (कूः).

Source: Cologne Digital Sanskrit Dictionaries: Shabda-Sagara Sanskrit-English Dictionary

Ku (कु).—r. 1st cl. (ṅa) kuṅ (kavate) r. 2nd cl. (ṭu) ṭuku (kauti) r. 6th cl. (śiṃ) kuśi (kuvate) r. 9th cl. (ña) kuñ (kunāti, kunīte) 1. To sound, to sound indistinctly, to moan, to groan. 2. To cry as a bird, to coo, to hum as a bee, &c.

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Ku (कु).—f.

(-kuḥ) The earth. ind. A particle of depreciation, and implying. 1. Sin, guilt. 2. Reproach, contempt. 3. Diminution, littleness. 4. Prevention, hindrance, as kupatha a bad road, &c. E. ku to sound, kvip affix, or kuṅ to sound, with the affix ḍa.

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Kū (कू).—r. 6th cl. (ṅa) kūṅ (kuvate) To sound, especially as if in pain, to moan, to groan, &c. (ña) kūña r. 9th cl. (kunāti-nīte) To sound &c. As before.

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Kū (कू).—f.

(-kūḥ) A female Pisacha or goblin. E. to sound, kvip aff.

Source: Cologne Digital Sanskrit Dictionaries: Benfey Sanskrit-English Dictionary

Ku (कु).—[ku-], a contraction of ka + va, from kim. Former part of compound words, implying, I. Inferiority, wickedness, e. g. ku-karman, 1. n. A wicked action, [Pañcatantra] v. [distich] 64. 2. adj. Doing wicked actions, [Bhāgavata-Purāṇa, (ed. Burnouf.)] 1, 16, 22. ku-kṛtya, n. A shameful action, [Pañcatantra] 237, 21. ku-go, m. An infirm bull, [Rāmāyaṇa] 6, 112, 6. ku-jananī, f. A bad mother, [Rāmāyaṇa] 6, 82, 118. ku-janman, adj. Having a bad origin, [Bhāgavata-Purāṇa, (ed. Burnouf.)] 4, 4, 22. ku-tanaya, m. A son who has not turned out well, [Pañcatantra] i. [distich] 85. ku-tapasvin, m. A bad ascetic, [Pañcatantra] 126, 1. ku-tarka, m. A false doctrine, [Rājataraṅgiṇī] 5, 378. ku-dṛṣṭa, adj. Imperfectly seen, [Pañcatantra] v. [distich] 1. ku -dṛṣṭi, f. A false system, [Mānavadharmaśāstra] 12. 95. ku-dhī, adj. sbst. A fool, [Pañcatantra] i. [distich] 38. ku-nadikā, f. An insignificant rivulet, Pañc, i. [distich] 31. ku-patha, m. 1. An erroneous way, [Bhāgavata-Purāṇa, (ed. Burnouf.)] 6, 7, 14. 2. A proper name, [Harivaṃśa, (ed. Calc.)] 203. ku-parīkṣaka, m. A bad estimator, [Bhartṛhari, (ed. Bohlen.)] 2, 12. ku-parīkṣita, adj. Imperfectly examined, [Pañcatantra] v. [distich] 1. ku-putra, m. A contemptible son, [Mānavadharmaśāstra] 9, 161. ku-puruṣa, m. 1. A contemptible man, Mahābhārata 13, 108. 2. A coward, 5, 5493. ku-plava, m. A frail boat, [Mānavadharmaśāstra] 9, 161. ku-buddhi, adj. 1. Foolish, [Bhāgavata-Purāṇa, (ed. Burnouf.)] 5, 5, 17. 2. Mischievous, [Pañcatantra] i. [distich] 444. ku-bhṛtya, m. A bad servant, [Pañcatantra] 83, 43. ku -mati, A. f. 1. Perversity, [Daśakumāracarita] in Chr. 181, 7. 2. Error, [Bhāgavata-Purāṇa, (ed. Burnouf.)] 1, 9, 36. B. adj. Foolish, [Bhāgavata-Purāṇa, (ed. Burnouf.)] 1, 15, 17. ku-mantra, m. An evil advice, [Bhāgavata-Purāṇa, (ed. Burnouf.)] 3, 3, 13. ku-mantrin, m. A bad counsellor, [Rājataraṅgiṇī] 5, 455. ku-mārga, m. An erroneous way, [Pañcatantra] 122, 24. ku-mitra, n. A false friend, [Pañcatantra] iii. [distich] 61. ku-medhas, adj. Mischievous, [Bhāgavata-Purāṇa, (ed. Burnouf.)] 3, 20, 33. ku-rājan, m. A contemptible king, [Pañcatantra] v. [distich] 64. ku-rūpa, adj. Ugly, [Pañcatantra] v. [distich] 17. ku-varṣa, m. A heavy shower, [Rāmāyaṇa] 6, 89, 15. ku-vākya, n. Injurious speech, [Pañcatantra] v. [distich] 64. ku-vivāha, m. A culpable marriage, [Mānavadharmaśāstra] 3, 63. ku -saciva, m. A bad counsellor, [Rājataraṅgiṇī] 5, 439. ku-sṛti, adj. Walking in error; a sinner, [Bhāgavata-Purāṇa, (ed. Burnouf.)] 8, 23, 7. Ii. Surprise: How, cf. e. g. kumāra; how muc? cf. e. g. kumuda.

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Ku (कु).—see .

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Ku (कु).—f. The earth, [Bhāgavata-Purāṇa, (ed. Burnouf.)] 6, 1, 42.

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Kū (कू).—and ku Ku, ii. 2, [Parasmaipada.], i. 1 and 6, [Ātmanepada.], and as v. r. of knū, ii. 9, [Parasmaipada.] [Ātmanepada.] To cry. Frequent. kokūya, cf. ; cf. ākūta.

Source: Cologne Digital Sanskrit Dictionaries: Cappeller Sanskrit-English Dictionary

Ku (कु).—1. (°—) = kad.

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Ku (कु).—2. v. .

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Ku (कु).—3. [feminine] earth, soil, land.

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Kū (कू).—1. kuvate [with] ā intend.

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Kū (कू).—2. [adverb] where? [with] cid anywhere.

Source: Cologne Digital Sanskrit Dictionaries: Monier-Williams Sanskrit-English Dictionary

1) Ku (कु):—1. ku a [pronominal] base appearing in kutas, kutra, kuvid, kuha, kva, and as a prefix implying deterioration, depreciation, deficiency, want, littleness, hindrance, reproach, contempt, guilt

2) originally perhaps ku signified ‘how (strange!)’

3) as a separate word ku occurs only in the lengthened form 3. q.v.

4) 2. ku f. the earth, [Āryabhaṭa; Varāha-mihira’s Bṛhat-saṃhitā; Varāha-mihira’s Bṛhajjātaka; Bhāgavata-purāṇa vi, 1, 42]

5) the ground or base of a triangle or other plane figure, [commentator or commentary] on [Āryabhaṭa]

6) the number ‘one.’

7) 3. ku See √1. .

8) Kū (कू):—1. or ku [class] 2. [Parasmaipada] kauti ([Vedic or Veda] kavīti, [Pāṇini 7-3, 95]), or [class] 1. [Ātmanepada] kavate ([Dhātupāṭha xxii, 54]), or [class] 6. kuvate ([ib. xxviii, 108]), or [class] 9. [Ātmanepada] [Parasmaipada] kUnAti, kUnAte (perf. 3. [plural] cukuvur, [Bhaṭṭi-kāvya]),

—to sound, make any noise, cry out, moan, cry (as a bird), coo, hum (as a bee) etc., [Bhaṭṭi-kāvya] : [class] 1. kavate, to move, [Naighaṇṭuka, commented on by Yāska ii, 14] :—[Intensive] [Ātmanepada] kokūyate ([Nirukta, by Yāska; Pāṇini]) [Ātmanepada] [Parasmaipada] kokavīti and cokūyate ([Pāṇini 7-4, 63; Kāśikā-vṛtti]),

—to cry aloud, [Bhaṭṭi-kāvya];—(cf. [Greek] κωκύω.)

9) 2. ind. (= kva) where? [Ṛg-veda v, 74, 1.]

10) 3. f. a female Piśāca or goblin, [cf. Lexicographers, esp. such as amarasiṃha, halāyudha, hemacandra, etc.]

Source: Cologne Digital Sanskrit Dictionaries: Yates Sanskrit-English Dictionary

1) Ku (कु):—(ṅa) kavate 1. d. (la) kauti 2. a. (śi, ṅa) kuvate 6. a. (ga, ña) kunāti nīte To sound, to groan; to coo.

2) (kuḥ) 2. f. The earth (Compo). a. Mean, bad.

3) Kū (कू):—(śa, ṅa) kuvate 6. d. To sound; to moan. (ña, ga) kunāti, nīte 9. c. To be in pain, to groan.

4) (kūḥ) 3. f. A female goblin.

[Sanskrit to German]

Ku 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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Hindi dictionary

Source: DDSA: A practical Hindi-English dictionary

Ku (कु):——a Sanskrit perfix meaning deterioration, depreciation, deficiency, want, littleness, hindrance, reproach, contempt, guilt; ~[kṛtya] see [kukarma; ~khyāta] notorious, infamous; ~[khyāti] notoriety, infamy; ~[gati] bad plight, state of affliction; ~[cailā] dirty, filthy (used only as the latter member of the compound [mailā-kucailā]); ~[joga] mischance, adverse circumstance, ill luck; ~[ṭeka] obduracy; addiction, a bad habit; ~[ḍaula] ugly, having disproportionate physical build, possessing unsymmetrical physical frame; ~[ḍhaṃgā] absurd; lacking proportion or symmetry; inappropriate; ~[ḍhaba] undesirable manner/ill practice; evil way; ~[darśana] ominous; ugly, grotesque; ~[dina] unfavourable times, adversity; ~[dṛṣṭi] ominous glance, a glance resulting in ill-luck; ~[dhātu] a base metal; iron; ~[dhānya] ill-earned foodgrains; ~[nāma] infamy, disrepute; notorious; ~[paṃtha/yaśa] immoral/evil course; •[gāmī] following an immoral/evil course, morally degenerate; ~[putra] an undutiful son, bad son; ~[belā] late hour; too late; ~[bhāva] ill-will, rancour, jealousy; ~[maṃtra] evil counsel, misleading advise: ~[yoga] see ~[joga; ~rāha] evil course, the path of sin; uneven path; ~[rāhī] one who follows the path of degeneration; a sinner; ~[vṛtti] evil tendency; evil calling; bad mentality; ill-disposition.

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Kannada-English dictionary

Source: Alar: Kannada-English corpus

Ku (ಕು):—[noun] the planet on which we live; the earth.

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Kū (ಕೂ):—

1) [noun] the sound made by a bird; a birḍs cry.

2) [noun] a sound imitating it.

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Kū (ಕೂ):—

1) [noun] = ಕೂಕಂಬ [kukamba].

2) [noun] a hole or shaft sunk into the earth to tap an underground supply of water; a well.

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Kū (ಕೂ):—

1) [noun] a wicked female spirit.

2) [noun] the earth.

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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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Tamil dictionary

Source: DDSA: University of Madras: Tamil Lexicon

Ku (கு) . The compound of க் [k] and உ. [u.]

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Ku (கு) particle

1. Sign of the dative case; நான்கனுருபு. [nankanurupu.] (தொல். சொல். [thol. sol.] 76.)

2. Connective particle, as in அறிகுவேன்; ஒருசாரியை. [ariguven; orusariyai.] (கலித்தொகை [kalithogai] 79, 18.)

3. Suffix added to verbs, nouns, etc., to form (a) abstract nouns, as நன்கு; பண் புப்பெயர்விகுதி [nanku; pan puppeyarviguthi]: (b) verbal nouns, as போக்கு; தொழிற்பெயர்விகுதி [pokku; thozhirpeyarviguthi]: (c) finite verbs in 1st person singular future tense, as உண்கு; தன்மையொருமை எதிர்கால வினைமுற்றுவிகுதி. [unku; thanmaiyorumai ethirkala vinaimurruviguthi.]

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Ku (கு) particle Prefix added to words in Sanskrit, as in குதர்க்கம் [kutharkkam], signifying badness, evil, unfairness; பெயர்க்கு முன்வந்து தீமைப் பொருள் குறிக்கும் ஒரு வடசொல். [peyarkku munvanthu thimaip porul kurikkum oru vadasol.]

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Ku (கு) noun < ku. Earth; பூமி. (திவா.) [pumi. (thiva.)]

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Kū (கூ) Compound of க் [k] and ஊ. [u.]

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Kū (கூ) noun < ku. Earth; பூமி. கூநின் றளந்த குறளென்ப [pumi. kunin ralantha kuralenpa] (வள்ளலார்சாத்திரம்ுவமா. [thiruvallumalai] 14).

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Kū (கூ) noun < கூவு-. [kuvu-.] cf. kū. [Kanarese, Malayalam: kū.] Cooing, as of a dove; கூவுகை. கோகிலங்களி கூக் கொண்டு சேருங் குளிர்பிண்டியானை [kuvugai. kogilangali kug kondu serung kulirpindiyanai] (திருநூற்றந்தாதி [thirunurrandathi] 1).

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Kū (கூ) noun Corr. of கூழ். [kuzh.] Porridge; கூழ். [kuzh.] Local usage

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Kū (கூ) noun < gū. Evacuating, passing stools; மலங்கழிக்கை. (யாழ்ப்பாணத்து மானிப்பாயகராதி) [malangazhikkai. (yazhppanathu manippayagarathi)]

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