Mahanimba, Mahānimba, Maha-nimba: 5 definitions


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In Hinduism

Ayurveda (science of life)

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Source: Wisdom Library: Āyurveda and botany

Mahānimba (महानिम्ब) is a Sanskrit word referring to Melia azedarach, a species of deciduous tree from the Meliaceae (mahogany) family of flowering plants. English names include “white cedar”, “chinaberry tree” or “Indian lilac”. It is used throughout Ayurvedic literature such as the Caraka-saṃhitā and the Suśruta-saṃhitā.

This plant (Mahānimba) is also possibly identified with Mūrvā, a medicinal used for the treatment of all major fevers (jvara), as described in the Jvaracikitsā (or “the treatment of fever”) which forms the first chapter of the Sanskrit work called Mādhavacikitsā. In this work, the plant is mentioned being part of the Nimbayugma group of medicinal drugs.

Source: Google Books: Essentials of Ayurveda

Mahānimba (महानिम्ब, “great nimba”).—The Sanskrit name for an important Ayurvedic drug combination.—It is also called as ‘Parvatanimba’ because it grows commonly in hilly area. It is bitter and astringent. The seeds are used in liver disorders, piles, kuṣṭha and prameha.

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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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Languages of India and abroad

Marathi-English dictionary

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Source: DDSA: The Molesworth Marathi and English Dictionary

mahānimba (महानिंब).—m (S) A tree, Melia sempervirens.

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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

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

Mahānimba (महानिम्ब).—m.

(-mbaḥ) A large kind of Nimba tree, (Melia sempervirens.) E. mahā great, and nimba the Nimba. “ghoḍānim .”

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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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