Kunca, Kuñca, Kumca: 6 definitions


Kunca means something in Jainism, Prakrit, Buddhism, Pali, Marathi, Jainism, Prakrit. 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.

In Jainism

General definition (in Jainism)

Source: archive.org: Trisastisalakapurusacaritra

Kuñca (कुञ्च) refers to a sub-division of the Mlecchas: one of the two-fold division of men born in Mānuṣottara and in the Antaradvīpas, situated in the “middle world” (madhyaloka), according to chapter 2.3 [ajitanātha-caritra] of Hemacandra’s 11th century Triṣaṣṭiśalākāpuruṣacaritra (“lives of the 63 illustrious persons”): a Sanskrit epic poem narrating the history and legends of sixty-three important persons in Jainism.

Accordingly:—“In these 35 zones on this side of Mānuṣottara and in the Antaradvīpas, men arise by birth; on the mountains, Meru, etc., by kidnapping and power of learning, in the 2½ continents and in 2 oceans. [...]. From the division into Āryas and Mlecchas they are two-fold. [...] The Mlecchas—[e.g., the Kuñcas, ...] and other non-Āryas also are people who do not know even the word ‘dharma’”.

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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.

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Pali-English dictionary

Source: Sutta: The Pali Text Society's Pali-English Dictionary

Kuñca, (nt.) (kruñc, cp. Sk. krośati, Pali koñca, Lat. crocio, cornix, corvus; Gr. krw/cw, kraugή; all of crowing noise; from sound-root kṛ, see note on gala) a crowing or trumpeting noise (in compounds only).—kāra cackling (of a hen) ThA. 255; —nāda trumpeting (of an elephant) J. III, 114. (Page 219)

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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.

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Marathi-English dictionary

Source: DDSA: The Molesworth Marathi and English Dictionary

kuñcā (कुंचा).—m (kūrcca S A grass-bundle &c., a brush gen.) A brush of peacock's feathers. 2 A brush or broom of the spike-form leaves of the Palm and other trees, of the mōḷa grass, of hog's bristles &c. By some the word is understood of a weaver's brush, painter's brush, and brush gen.

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

kuñcā (कुंचा).—m A brush.

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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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Prakrit-English dictionary

Source: DDSA: Paia-sadda-mahannavo; a comprehensive Prakrit Hindi dictionary

1) Kuṃca (कुंच) in the Prakrit language is related to the Sanskrit word: Kuñc.

2) Kuṃca (कुंच) also relates to the Sanskrit word: Kauñca.

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Prakrit is an ancient language closely associated with both Pali and Sanskrit. Jain literature is often composed in this language or sub-dialects, such as the Agamas and their commentaries which are written in Ardhamagadhi and Maharashtri Prakrit. The earliest extant texts can be dated to as early as the 4th century BCE although core portions might be older.

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Kannada-English dictionary

Source: Alar: Kannada-English corpus

Kuṃca (ಕುಂಚ):—

1) [noun] a cluster of things growing or fastened together; a bunch.

2) [noun] a tassel or tuft made of the feathers of a peacock.

3) [noun] a flat, broad fan made of cloth sewn on a mesh or of fragrant roots of grass as cus-cus (Vitiveria zizanioides), with a long handle.

4) [noun] a device having bristles or hairs, fastened into a hard back, with a handle attached, used for writing, painting, etc.; a brush.

5) [noun] a device having hard bristles or wires fastened into a hard back, with or without a handle attached, used for cleaning, polishing, etc.

6) [noun] an ornamental, metal cone for the horns of an ox.

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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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