Mahilahvaya, Mahilāhvayā, Mahila-ahvaya: 5 definitions


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In Hinduism

Ayurveda (science of life)

[«previous next»] — Mahilahvaya in Ayurveda glossary
Source: Wisdom Library: Āyurveda and botany

Mahilāhvayā (महिलाह्वया) is a variant spelling for Mahilā, which is a synonym for Priyaṅgu, which is a Sanskrit name for a medicinal plant (Callicarpa macrophylla). It is a technical term used throughout Ayurvedic literature such as the Caraka-saṃhitā and the Suśruta-saṃhitā. The synonym Mahilā was identified by Amarasiṃha in his Amarakośa (a Sanskrit botanical thesaurus from the 4th century). It is also mentioned as a synonym in the Bhāvaprakāśa-nighaṇṭu (medicinal thesareus) authored by Bhāvamiśra 16th century, in which it is listed as Mahilāhvayā.

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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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Sanskrit dictionary

[«previous next»] — Mahilahvaya in Sanskrit glossary
Source: DDSA: The practical Sanskrit-English dictionary

Mahilāhvayā (महिलाह्वया).—the Priyaṅgu creeper; कान्ता लता महिलाङ्वया (kāntā latā mahilāṅvayā).

Mahilāhvayā is a Sanskrit compound consisting of the terms mahilā and āhvayā (आह्वया).

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

Mahilāhvayā (महिलाह्वया).—f.

(-yā) A plant, commonly Priyangu. E. mahilā a woman, and āhvaya appellation.

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

Mahilāhvayā (महिलाह्वया):—[from mahilā] f. idem, [Horace H. Wilson]

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

Mahilāhvayā (महिलाह्वया):—[mahilā-hvayā] (yā) 1. f. A plant.

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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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