Mahija, Mahīja, Mahi-ja: 6 definitions


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In Hinduism

Ayurveda (science of life)

Source: Wisdom Library: Āyurveda and botany

Mahīja (महीज) is another name for Śṛṅgavera, which is a Sanskrit word referring to Zingiber officinale (fresh ginger). It is classified as a medicinal plant in the system of Āyurveda (science of Indian medicine) and is used throughout literature such as the Suśrutasaṃhita and the Carakasaṃhitā. The synonym was identified in the Rājanighaṇṭu (verses 5.24-28), which is a 13th-century medicinal thesaurus.

Source: Wisdom Library: Raj Nighantu

Mahīja (महीज) 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., Mahīja] 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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Languages of India and abroad

Sanskrit-English dictionary

Source: DDSA: The practical Sanskrit-English dictionary

Mahīja (महीज).—

1) the planet Mars; इयं महीजे विधुजे शराष्टौ (iyaṃ mahīje vidhuje śarāṣṭau) Samayapradīpa.

2) Name of Narakāsura.

3) a tree.

- Name of Sītā.

-jam wet ginger.

Derivable forms: mahījaḥ (महीजः).

Mahīja is a Sanskrit compound consisting of the terms mahī and ja (ज).

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

Mahīja (महीज).—m.

(-jaḥ) 1. The planet Mars. 2. A tree. n.

(-jaṃ) Wet ginger.

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

1) Mahīja (महीज):—[=mahī-ja] [from mahī > mah] mfn. ‘earth-born’, ([probably]) born in the desert (said of horses), [Mahābhārata]

2) [v.s. ...] m. a plant, tree, [ib.]

3) [v.s. ...] ‘son of the Earth’, Name of the planet Mars, [Varāha-mihira’s Bṛhat-saṃhitā]

4) Mahījā (महीजा):—[=mahī-jā] [from mahī-ja > mahī > mah] f. Name of Sītā, [Apte’s The Practical Sanskrit-English Dictionary]

5) Mahīja (महीज):—[=mahī-ja] [from mahī > mah] n. green ginger, [cf. Lexicographers, esp. such as amarasiṃha, halāyudha, hemacandra, etc.]

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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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