Kutha, Kuṭha, Kuthā: 13 definitions


Kutha means something in Hinduism, Sanskrit, Jainism, Prakrit, Buddhism, Pali, 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.

In Hinduism

Ayurveda (science of life)

Nighantu (Synonyms and Characteristics of Drugs and technical terms)

Source: Wisdom Library: Raj Nighantu

Kuṭha (कुठ) refers to a “tree”, as mentioned in a list of twenty-five synonyms in the second chapter (dharaṇyādi-varga) of the 13th-century Raj Nighantu or Rājanighaṇṭu (an Ayurvedic encyclopedia). The Dharaṇyādi-varga covers the lands, soil, mountains, jungles and vegetation’s relations between trees [viz., Kuṭha] and plants and substances, with their various kinds.

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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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In Jainism

General definition (in Jainism)

Source: academia.edu: Tessitori Collection I

Kūṭha (कूठ) refers to “kapittha-juice” and represents one of 21 kinds of liquids (which the Jain mendicant should consider before rejecting or accepting them), according to the “Sajjhāya ekavīsa pāṇī nī” (dealing with the Monastic Discipline section of Jain Canonical literature) included in the collection of manuscripts at the ‘Vincenzo Joppi’ library, collected by Luigi Pio Tessitori during his visit to Rajasthan between 1914 and 1919.—This topic is explained with reference to the first aṅga (i.e. Ācārāṅgasūtra). This matter is distributed over the end of section 7 and the beginning of section 8 of the Piṇḍesaṇā chapter. [...] The technical terms [e.g., kūṭha] used here are either borrowed from the Prakrit or rendered into the vernacular equivalents.—Note: Kūṭha is known in Prakrit as Kaviṭṭha.

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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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Biology (plants and animals)

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

Kutha in India is the name of a plant defined with Desmostachya bipinnata in various botanical sources. This page contains potential references in Ayurveda, modern medicine, and other folk traditions or local practices It has the synonym Eragrostis cynosuroides (Retz.) P. Beauv., also spelled cynosuriodes (among others).

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

· Journal of Applied Ecology (1999)
· Flora Capensis (1900)
· Lexicon Generum Phanerogamarum (1903)
· Taxon (2000)
· Flora Palaestina (1756)
· Flora (1855)

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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

Pali-English dictionary

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

Kutha, see under ku°. (Page 221)

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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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Sanskrit dictionary

Source: DDSA: The practical Sanskrit-English dictionary

Kuṭha (कुठ).—A tree; cf. कुट (kuṭa).

Derivable forms: kuṭhaḥ (कुठः).

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Kutha (कुथ).—4 P. (kuthyati, kuthita) To stink, become putrid, or foul.

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Kutha (कुथ).—The Kuśa grass. अथ स वल्क-दुकूल-कुथादिभिः (atha sa valka-dukūla-kuthādibhiḥ) Bhaṭṭikāvya 1.

Derivable forms: kuthaḥ (कुथः).

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Kutha (कुथ) or Kuthā (कुथा).—

1) A painted cloth serving as an elephant's housings (Mar. jhūla); उत्सृष्टध्वजकुथकङ्कटा धरित्रीमानीता विदितनयैः श्रमं विनेतुम् (utsṛṣṭadhvajakuthakaṅkaṭā dharitrīmānītā viditanayaiḥ śramaṃ vinetum) K.7.3.

2) A carpet (in general); महत्या कुथयास्तीर्णां पृथिवीलक्षणाङ्कया (mahatyā kuthayāstīrṇāṃ pṛthivīlakṣaṇāṅkayā) Rām. 5.9.25.

Derivable forms: kuthaḥ (कुथः), kutham (कुथम्).

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

Kuṭha (कुठ) or Kuṭhi.—1st cl. (kuṇṭhati) To be idle. r. 10th cl. (kuṇṭhayati) To surround; ap is usually prefixed.

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Kuṭha (कुठ).—m.

(-ṭhaḥ) A tree. E. ku the earth, and sthā to abide, ḍa affix; earthabiding; the deriv. is irregular, and is sometimes written kuṭa, derived from kuṭ to be crooked, to bend or wave, affix ka.

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Kutha (कुथ).—mf.

(-thaḥ-thā) A painted or variegated cloth or blanket, serving as an elephant’s housings. m.

(-thaḥ) Sacrificial or Kusa grass, (Poa cynosuroides.) E. kuth to be connected, &c. ac aff.

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

Kutha (कुथ).—I. m., and f. thā, and n. A painted woollen blanket, Mahābhārata 2, 1894. Ii. m. A kind of grass, Poa cynosuroides, [Rāmāyaṇa] 2, 30, 14 (but Gorr. reads kuśa, 2, 30, 16).

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

Kutha (कुथ).—[masculine] ā [feminine] a dyed woollen blanket.

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

1) Kuṭha (कुठ):—m. a tree (cf. kuṭa), [cf. Lexicographers, esp. such as amarasiṃha, halāyudha, hemacandra, etc.]

2) Kutha (कुथ):—mf(ā)n. a painted or variegated cloth (serving as an elephant’s housings), [Mahābhārata; Rāmāyaṇa] etc.

3) m. sacrificial or Kuśa grass (Poa cynosuroides), [cf. Lexicographers, esp. such as amarasiṃha, halāyudha, hemacandra, etc.] Śākya-muni in one of his former thirty-four births, [cf. Lexicographers, esp. such as amarasiṃha, halāyudha, hemacandra, etc.]

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

1) Kuṭha (कुठ):—(ṭhaḥ) 1. m. A tree.

2) Kutha (कुथ):—[(thaḥ-thā)] 1. m. f. A painted or variegated cloth or blanket for an elephant; Kusa grass.

[Sanskrit to German]

Kutha 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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Kannada-English dictionary

Source: Alar: Kannada-English corpus

Kuṭha (ಕುಠ):—[noun] a woody perennial plant having a single usu. elongate main stem generally with few or no branches on its lower part; a tree.

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Kutha (ಕುಥ):—

1) [noun] a colourful, decorative cloth spread on the back of an elephant.

2) [noun] a colourful cloth or blanket, in gen.

3) [noun] the grass Desmostachya tripinnata of Poaceae family; ಕುಶ [kusha] grass.

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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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