Madhvi, Mādhvī, Madhvī: 9 definitions


Madhvi means something in Hinduism, Sanskrit, Marathi. 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)

Source: Wisdom Library: Āyurveda and botany

Mādhvī (माध्वी) is another name for Mādhavī, which is a Sanskrit word referring to Hiptage benghalensis (hiptage) from the Malpighiaceae family, which is classified as a medicinal plant in the system of Āyurveda (science of Indian medicine). It is used throughout literature such as the Carakasaṃhitā and the Suśrutasaṃhita.

Source: Shodhganga: Dietetics and culinary art in ancient and medieval India

Mādhvī (माध्वी) refers to “sweet beverages” according to the 17th century Bhojanakutūhala (dravyaguṇāguṇa-kathana), and is commonly found in literature dealing with the topics of dietetics and culinary art, also known as Pākaśāstra or Pākakalā.—In the gauḍi type of liquor, jaggery forms the main component, the term mādhvī is used for sweet beverages and paiṣṭī for grain fermented beverages.

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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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Dharmashastra (religious law)

Source: Google Books: Manusmṛti with the Manubhāṣya

Mādhvī (माध्वी)—One of three kinds of wine.—The Mādhvī is that ‘distilled from madhu, grape-juice i.e., in its fermented form’; for fresh grape-juice, before it has become fermented into wine, is not forbidden. This distinctly lays down that it is the fermented grape-juice that is called ‘Mādhvī’. Wherever the prohibition contains the word madya (‘intoxicating substance’), it cannot apply to any substance which has not acquired intoxicating properties; us such a substance could not be spoken of as madya, intoxicating substance. A similar case is that of the word śukta (‘fermented gruel’) which is applied to the gruel in a certain condition, and not to gruel in general. So long as the gruel has not become soured, it is not called śukta. In the same manner again, the calf is not called a ‘bull’ while it is young. (See the Manubhāṣya verse 11.94)

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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.

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Purana and Itihasa (epic history)

Source: Cologne Digital Sanskrit Dictionaries: The Purana Index

Madhvī (मध्वी).—A river from the lake Jayā.*

  • * Matsya-purāṇa 121. 71.
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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.

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Languages of India and abroad

Marathi-English dictionary

Source: DDSA: The Molesworth Marathi and English Dictionary

mādhvī (माध्वी).—f S A spirituous liquor made from the blossoms of Bassia latifolia: also spirit in general.

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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-English dictionary

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

Mādhvī (माध्वी).—f. (-dhvī) 1. Spirituous liquor. 2. A sort of fish. E. madhu sweet, q. v. aṇ and ṅīṣ aff.

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

1) Mādhvī (माध्वी):—[from mādhava] f. ([Pāṇini vi, 4, 175]) sweet, [Ṛg-veda (i, 90, 6;8); Śatapatha-brāhmaṇa; Taittirīya-saṃhitā; Bhāgavata-purāṇa]

2) [v.s. ...] a kind of intoxicating liquor, [Manu-smṛti xi, 94]

3) [v.s. ...] Gaertnera Racemosa, [Vāsavadattā]

4) [v.s. ...] a date, [cf. Lexicographers, esp. such as amarasiṃha, halāyudha, hemacandra, etc.]

5) [v.s. ...] a species of fish, [cf. Lexicographers, esp. such as amarasiṃha, halāyudha, hemacandra, etc.]

6) [v.s. ...] Name of a woman (an ardent worshipper of Viṣṇu), [Horace H. Wilson]

7) [v.s. ...] [dual number] ‘the two sweet ones’ Name of the Aśvins, [Ṛg-veda; Vājasaneyi-saṃhitā; Atharva-veda; Taittirīya-saṃhitā]

8) [v.s. ...] [plural] the waters, [Maitrāyaṇī-saṃhitā; Taittirīya-saṃhitā]

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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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