Mayu, Māyu, Mayú: 14 definitions


Mayu means something in Hinduism, Sanskrit, Buddhism, Pali, biology. 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

Purana and Itihasa (epic history)

Source: Shiva Purana - English Translation

Mayu (मयु) is another name for the Kinnaras, who, like Yakṣas, are the attendants of Kubera. They are represented as mythical beings with a human figure and the head of a horse or with a horse’s body and the head of a man. They are described as celestial choristers and musicians who dwell in the paradise of Kuvera on Kailāsa. They are called Aśvamukhas, Turaṅgavaktras, “horse-faced” and Mayus.

Source: Cologne Digital Sanskrit Dictionaries: The Purana Index

Māyu (मायु).—Belonging to the line of Krodhavaśa.*

  • * Brahmāṇḍa-purāṇa III. 8. 70.
Source: Shodhganga: The saurapurana - a critical study

Mayu (मयु) (Māyu?) or Mayus is one of the six sons of Aila Purūravas, according to the Vaṃśānucarita section of the 10th century Saurapurāṇa: one of the various Upapurāṇas depicting Śaivism.—Accordingly, [...] Aila Purūravas, the most illustrious pious king gets married to Urvaśī, the heavenly damsel who is cursed by Brahmā to spend sometime here on earth. Purūravas begets on her six sons—Āyu, Mayu, Amāyu, Viśvāyu, Śatāyu and Śrutāyu. All these are celebrated like Semi-divine beings (devayonaya).

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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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Biology (plants and animals)

Source: Google Books: CRC World Dictionary (Regional names)

Mayu in Peru is the name of a plant defined with Sophora tetraptera in various botanical sources. This page contains potential references in Ayurveda, modern medicine, and other folk traditions or local practices It has the synonym Edwardsia grandiflora Salisb. (among others).

Example references for further research on medicinal uses or toxicity (see latin names for full list):

· Journal of Botany (1916)

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This sections includes definitions from the five kingdoms of living things: Animals, Plants, Fungi, Protists and Monera. It will include both the official binomial nomenclature (scientific names usually in Latin) as well as regional spellings and variants.

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Languages of India and abroad

Pali-English dictionary

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

Māyu, (*Sk. māyu) bile, gall Abhp 281. (Page 530)

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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.

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Sanskrit dictionary

Source: DDSA: The practical Sanskrit-English dictionary

Mayu (मयु).—

1) A Kinnara, a celestial musician.

2) A deer, an antelope.

Derivable forms: mayuḥ (मयुः).

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Māyu (मायु).—

1) The sun.

2) Bile, bilious humour; (n. also in this sense).

3) Sorcery, bad art.

Derivable forms: māyuḥ (मायुः).

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

Mayu (मयु).—m.

(-yuḥ) 1. A Kinnara or chorister of Swarga, 2. A deer. E. mi to scatter, (sweet sounds, &c.) Unadi aff. u .

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Māyu (मायु).—m.

(-yuḥ) Bile, the bilious humour. E. si to scatter or diffuse, (through the body,) uṇ Unadi aff.

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

Mayu (मयु).—m. The name of a class of attendants on Kuvera.

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Māyu (मायु).—I. m. Bile. Ii. i. e. 2. mā + u, Sounding, crying, at the end of comp. words; ved. gomāyu see s. v.

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

Mayu (मयु).—[masculine] a Kimpurusa or some other manlike animal.

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Māyu (मायु).—1. charm, spell (only —°).

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Māyu (मायु).—2. [masculine] bleating, roaring, a cert. animal.

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

1) Mayu (मयु):—m. ([probably] [from] √2. ) a Kimpuruṣa (sub voce) or a [particular] man-like animal, [Vājasaneyi-saṃhitā; Taittirīya-saṃhitā; Śatapatha-brāhmaṇa]

2) an antelope, deer, [cf. Lexicographers, esp. such as amarasiṃha, halāyudha, hemacandra, etc.]

3) Māyu (मायु):—[from ] 1. māyu m. (for 2. See p. 811, col. 2) bleating, bellowing, lowing, roaring, [Ṛg-veda; Atharva-veda; ???]

4) [v.s. ...] ‘the bleater or bellower’, Name of a [particular] animal or of a Kim-puruṣa, [Śāṅkhāyana-śrauta-sūtra]

5) 2. māyu m. (√3. ; for 1. māyu See p. 804, col. 2) = āditya, [Nirukta, by Yāska]

6) sorcery, witchcraft, bad art (cf. dur-m)

7) (ū), [Atharva-veda xviii, 4, 4.]

8) 3. māyu mn. ([according to] to [Uṇādi-sūtra i, 1 fr.] √1. mi) gall, bile, the bilious humour, [cf. Lexicographers, esp. such as amarasiṃha, halāyudha, hemacandra, etc.]

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

1) Mayu (मयु):—(yuḥ) 2. m. A Kinnara; a deer.

2) Māyu (मायु):—(yuḥ) 2. m. Bile.

[Sanskrit to German]

Mayu in German

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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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Kannada-English dictionary

Source: Alar: Kannada-English corpus

Māyu (ಮಾಯು):—

1) [verb] to grow less; to diminish.

2) [verb] to go out of sight; to disappear; to be hidden.

3) [verb] to grow dim; to lose colour, brightness.

4) [verb] to be lost; to lose physical existence.

5) [verb] (a wound, boil, etc.) to be healed, cured.

6) [verb] to cease to exist; to die.

7) [verb] to be spoiled; to become useless.

8) [verb] to become wicked, depraved.

9) [verb] (an evil, difficulty, etc.) to be removed, prevented.

10) [verb] to grow or develop fully; to become ripe.

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Māyu (ಮಾಯು):—[noun] the supposed use of an evil supernatural power over people and their affairs; witchcraft; black magic.

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Kannada is a Dravidian language (as opposed to the Indo-European language family) mainly spoken in the southwestern region of India.

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