Lava, aka: Lāva; 12 Definition(s)


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In Hinduism

Dharmashastra (religious law)

Lava (लव) refers to “wool of the sheep, hair of the Camarī and so forth” (the etymological meaning being ‘what is shorn’). The word is used throughout Dharmaśāstra literature such as the Manusmṛti. (See the Manubhāṣya 8.151)

(Source): Wisdom Library: Dharma-śāstra
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Dharmashastra (धर्मशास्त्र, dharmaśāstra) contains the instructions (shastra) regarding religious conduct of livelihood (dharma), ceremonies, jurisprudence (study of law) and more. It is categorized as smriti, an important and authoritative selection of books dealing with the Hindu lifestyle.

Ayurveda (science of life)

Lāva (लाव) is a Sanskrit word referring to the animal “common quail”. The meat of this animal is part of the māṃsavarga (‘group of flesh’), which is used throughout Āyurvedic literature. The animal Lāva is part of the group of birds named Lāvādi, which is a sub-group of Viṣkira, refering to “birds similar to common quail who eat while scattering the gains”. It was classified by Caraka in his Carakasaṃhitā sūtrasthāna (chapter 27), a classical Āyurvedic work. Caraka defined such groups (vargas) based on the dietic properties of the substance.

The meat of the common quail (lāva) is astringent-sweet and light. It is a stimulant of agni and alleviates sannipāta. It is also kaṭuvipāka.

(Source): Wisdom Library: Āyurveda and botany

Lāva (लाव)—Sanskrit word for a bird, corresponding to “quail”, “patridge” or “Perdicula asiatica”. This animal is from the group called Viṣkira (which scatter). Viṣkira itself is a sub-group of the group of animals known as Jāṅghala (living in high ground and in a jungle).

The flesh of the Lava is light, has a sweet and astringent taste, is pungent of digestion, and possessed of astringent and appetising properties. It is highly efficacious in diseases due to the concerted humours of the body.

(Source): Sushruta samhita, Volume I
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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.


Lava (लव).—A son of Sītā. (See under Kuśa II for more details).

(Source): Puranic Encyclopaedia

1a) Lava (लव).—A son of Rāma, born and brought up in Vālmīki's āśrama;1 ruled over Uttara Kośala with Śrāvasti as capital.2

  • 1) Bhāgavata-purāṇa IX. 11. 11; Matsya-purāṇa 12. 51; Vāyu-purāṇa 88. 198.
  • 2) Brahmāṇḍa-purāṇa III. 63. 198; Vāyu-purāṇa 88. 200.

1b) A measurement of five kṣaṇas.*

  • * Brahmāṇḍa-purāṇa II. 7. 19; Vāyu-purāṇa 100. 214.
(Source): Cologne Digital Sanskrit Dictionaries: The Purana Index
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The Purana (पुराण, purāṇas) refers to Sanskrit literature preserving ancient India’s vast cultural history, including historical legends, religious ceremonies, various arts and sciences. The eighteen mahapuranas total over 400,000 shlokas (metrical couplets) and date to at least several centuries BCE.

General definition (in Hinduism)

Lava (लव): Kusa and Lava were sons of Rama and Sita.

(Source): WikiPedia: Hinduism

In Jainism

General definition (in Jainism)

Lava (लव) refers to a unit of time according to the 2nd-century Tattvārthasūtra 5.40.—What is the duration of one stoka? Seven breathes constitute one stoka. What is the duration of lava? It is seven stokas. What is the duration of one nādi? It consists of 38.5 lava.

(Source): Encyclopedia of Jainism: Tattvartha Sutra 5: The category of the non-living
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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.

Languages of India and abroad

Pali-English dictionary

lava : (m.) a drop.

(Source): BuddhaSasana: Concise Pali-English Dictionary

Lava, (fr. lū) a small particle, a drop VvA. 253 (lavaṅka a small mark); Sdhp. 105 (°odaka). (Page 582)

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

Marathi-English dictionary

lava (लव).—m The name of a tree and its fruit.

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lava (लव).—m S A particle. 2 In astrology &c. A portion or part. 3 The numerator of a fraction.

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lava (लव) [or लंव, laṃva].—f (lōma S) The hair of the body or limbs, down. 2 The hair of animals, wool. 3 The hair and sordes which the currycomb detaches from the coat of a horse. laṃvalaṃva bōlaṇēṃ g. of s. (To have all the hairs of one's body bristling and chattering). To talk much and rapidly.

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lavā (लवा).—m Commonly lavhā, both the grass and the bird.

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lāvā (लावा).—m (Poetry. lāvaṇēṃ) Matter added to dress up and trick out, or to enhance or to qualify the sense of (some simple fact &c.); embellishment, varnish, drapery, garniture.

(Source): DDSA: The Molesworth Marathi and English Dictionary

lava (लव).—f The hair of the body, down. Wool.

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lāvā (लावा).—m Embellishment, varnish, dra- pery. A kind of quail.

(Source): DDSA: The Aryabhusan school dictionary, Marathi-English
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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.

Sanskrit-English dictionary

Lava (लव).—[l-ap]

1) Plucking, mowing.

2) Reaping, gathering (of corn).

3) A section, piece, fragment, bit; कुशमुष्टिमुपादाय लवं चैव तु स द्विजः (kuśamuṣṭimupādāya lavaṃ caiva tu sa dvijaḥ) Rām.7.66.6.

4) A particle, drop, small quantity; a little; oft. at the end of comp. in this sense; जललवमुचः (jalalavamucaḥ) Me.21,72; आचामति स्वेदलवान् मुखे ते (ācāmati svedalavān mukhe te) R.13.2;6.57;16.66; अश्रु° (aśru°) 15.97; अमृत° (amṛta°) Ki.5.44; भ्रूक्षेपलक्ष्मीलवक्रीते दास इव (bhrūkṣepalakṣmīlavakrīte dāsa iva) Gīt.11; so तृण°, अपराध°, ज्ञान°, सुख°, धन° (tṛṇa°, aparādha°, jñāna°, sukha°, dhana°) &c. &c.

5) Wool, hair; धान्ये सदे लवे वाह्ये नातिक्रामति पञ्चताम् (dhānye sade lave vāhye nātikrāmati pañcatām) Ms.8.151.

6) Sport.

7) A minute division of time (= the sixth part of a twinkling); त्वं मुहूर्तस्तिथिस्त्वं च त्वं लवस्त्वं पुनः क्षणः (tvaṃ muhūrtastithistvaṃ ca tvaṃ lavastvaṃ punaḥ kṣaṇaḥ) Mb.1.25.14.

8) The numerator of a fraction.

9) A degree (in astr.).

10) Loss, destruction.

11) Name of a son of Rāma, one of the twins, the other being Kuśa q. v. He with his brother was brought up by the sage Vālmīki, and they were taught by the poet to repeat his Rāmāyaṇa at assemblies &c.; (the derivation of his name, is given as-sa tau kuśalavonmṛṣṭagarbhakledau tadākhyayā | kaviḥ kuśalavāveva cakāra kila nāmataḥ || R.15.32).

12) A kind of quail.

-vam 1 Cloves.

2) Nutmeg.

-vam ind. [see under lavam].

Derivable forms: lavaḥ (लवः).

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Lāva (लाव).—a. (- f.) [लू कर्तरि घञ् (lū kartari ghañ) Uṇ.1.141]

1) Cutting, lopping, cutting off; कुशसूचिलावम् (kuśasūcilāvam) R.13.43.

2) Plucking, gathering.

3) Cutting down, killing, destroying; स शत्रुलावौ मन्वानः (sa śatrulāvau manvānaḥ) Bk.6.87.

-vaḥ 1 Cutting.

2) A quail.

3) A bird.

(Source): DDSA: The practical Sanskrit-English dictionary
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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. 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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