Mecaka, Mecakā: 17 definitions
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Alternative spellings of this word include Mechaka.
Ayurveda (science of life)
Mecakā (मेचका) is another name for Vatsādanī, a medicinal plant identified with Cocculus hirsutus (broom creeper or ink berry) from the Menispermaceae or “moonseed” family of flowering plants, according to verse 3.102-104 of the 13th-century Raj Nighantu or Rājanighaṇṭu. The third chapter (guḍūcyādi-varga) of this book contains climbers and creepers (vīrudh). Together with the names Mecakā and Vatsādanī, there are a total of six Sanskrit synonyms identified for this plant.Source: Shodhganga: Portrayal of Animal Kingdom (Tiryaks) in Epics An Analytical study
Mecaka (मेचक) (lit. “dark-blue colour or the eye of the peacocks tail”) is a synonym (another name) for the Peacock (Mayūra), according to scientific texts such as the Mṛgapakṣiśāstra (Mriga-pakshi-shastra) or “the ancient Indian science of animals and birds” by Hamsadeva, containing the varieties and descriptions of the animals and birds seen in the Sanskrit Epics such as the Ramayana and Mahabharata.
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.
Ganitashastra (Mathematics and Algebra)
Mecaka (मेचक) refers to the “dark-blue color” which were used as symbols for the unknowns, according to the principles of Bījagaṇita (“algebra” or ‘science of calculation’), according to Gaṇita-śāstra, ancient Indian mathematics and astronomy.—Āryabhaṭa I (499) very probably used coloured shots to represent unknowns. Brahmagupta (628) in the Brāhmasphuṭasiddhānta mentions varṇa as the symbols of unknowns. As he has not attempted in any way to explain this method of symbolism, it appears that the method was already very familiar. [...] In the case of more unknowns, it is usual to denote the first yāvattāvat and the remaining ones by alphabets or colours [e.g., mecaka].—Cf. Pṛthūdakasvāmī (860) in his commentary on the Brāhmasphuṭasiddhānta by Brahmagupta (628) and Bhāskara II in the Bījagaṇita.
Ganitashastra (शिल्पशास्त्र, gaṇitaśāstra) refers to the ancient Indian science of mathematics, algebra, number theory, arithmetic, etc. Closely allied with astronomy, both were commonly taught and studied in universities, even since the 1st millennium BCE. Ganita-shastra also includes ritualistic math-books such as the Shulba-sutras.
Languages of India and abroad
mecaka : (adj.) black; dark blue.Source: Sutta: The Pali Text Society's Pali-English Dictionary
Mecaka, (adj.) (cp. Vedic mecaka) black, dark blue DhsA. 13. (Page 540)
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.
mēcakā (मेचका).—a (Properly mējakā) Measured or moderate.
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.
Mecaka (मेचक).—a. [cf. Uṇādi-sūtra 5.37] Black, dark-blue, dark-coloured; कुर्वन्नञ्जनमेचका इव दिशो मेघः समुत्तिष्ठते (kurvannañjanamecakā iva diśo meghaḥ samuttiṣṭhate) Mṛcchakaṭika 5.23; Uttararāmacarita 6.25; Meghadūta 61; Rām.5.22.26.
-kaḥ 1 Blackness, the dark-blue colour.
2) An eye of a peacock's tail; प्रेङ्खद्भूरिमयूखमेचकचयैः (preṅkhadbhūrimayūkhamecakacayaiḥ) Mālatīmādhava (Bombay) 6.5.
3) A cloud.
5) A nipple.
6) A kind of gem.
-kam 1 Darkness.
2) Sulphuret of antimony.Source: Cologne Digital Sanskrit Dictionaries: Edgerton Buddhist Hybrid Sanskrit Dictionary
Mecaka (मेचक).—nt. (compare [Boehtlingk] s.v. 2c; no other record found), a kind of precious or semi-precious stone: Mahāvyutpatti 5965 = Tibetan gzi, according to [Tibetan-English Dictionary] onyx.Source: Cologne Digital Sanskrit Dictionaries: Shabda-Sagara Sanskrit-English Dictionary
(-kaḥ-kā-kaṃ) Black, dark, of a dark, or black colour. m.
(-kaḥ) 1. Black or dark-blue, (the colour.) 2. The eye of a peacock’s tail. 3. A cloud. 4. Smoke. 5. A nipple. 6. A plant, (Hyperanthera morunga.) mn.
(-kaḥ-kaṃ) Darkness. n.
(-kaṃ) Sulphuret of antimony. E. mac to mix, Unadi aff. vun, and the vowel changed to e .Source: Cologne Digital Sanskrit Dictionaries: Benfey Sanskrit-English Dictionary
Mecaka (मेचक).—mechaka, I. adj. Black, [Uttara Rāmacarita, 2. ed. Calc., 1862.] 149, 15; dark blue, [Pañcatantra] ed. orn. i. [distich] 63; [Meghadūta, (ed. Gildemeister.)] 60. Ii. m. 1. Black, or dark blue (the colour). 2. The eye of a peacock’s tail. 3. A cloud. 4. Smoke. Iii. m. and n. Darkness. Iv. n. Antimony.Source: Cologne Digital Sanskrit Dictionaries: Cappeller Sanskrit-English Dictionary
Mecaka (मेचक).—[adjective] dark blue, black; [masculine] an eye in a peacock’s tail.Source: Cologne Digital Sanskrit Dictionaries: Monier-Williams Sanskrit-English Dictionary
1) Mecaka (मेचक):—mf(ā)n. dark-blue, black, [Mahābhārata; Kāvya literature] etc. (in [algebra] applied to the 15th unknown quantity, [Colebrooke])
2) m. dark-blue colour, blackness, [cf. Lexicographers, esp. such as amarasiṃha, halāyudha, hemacandra, etc.]
3) the eye of a peacock’s tail, [Mālatīmādhava]
4) a kind of gem, [cf. Lexicographers, esp. such as amarasiṃha, halāyudha, hemacandra, etc.]
5) smoke, [cf. Lexicographers, esp. such as amarasiṃha, halāyudha, hemacandra, etc.]
6) a cloud, [cf. Lexicographers, esp. such as amarasiṃha, halāyudha, hemacandra, etc.]
7) Moringa Pterygosperma, [cf. Lexicographers, esp. such as amarasiṃha, halāyudha, hemacandra, etc.]
8) m. (also n.) a teat, nipple, [cf. Lexicographers, esp. such as amarasiṃha, halāyudha, hemacandra, etc.]
9) n. darkness, [cf. Lexicographers, esp. such as amarasiṃha, halāyudha, hemacandra, etc.]
10) sulphuret of antimony, L:Source: Cologne Digital Sanskrit Dictionaries: Yates Sanskrit-English Dictionary
Mecaka (मेचक):—[(kaḥ-kā-kaṃ] 1. m. Black or dark blue colour; eye of the peacock’s tail; a cloud; smoke. m. n. Darkness. n. Sulphuret of antimony. a. Dark, black, dark-blue.Source: DDSA: Paia-sadda-mahannavo; a comprehensive Prakrit Hindi dictionary (S)
Mecaka (मेचक) in the Sanskrit language is related to the Prakrit word: Meaya.
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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.
1) [adjective] dark-blue.
2) [adjective] dark; black.
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1) [noun] the dark-blue colour.
2) [noun] the black colour.
3) [noun] the dark-green colour.
4) [noun] one of the round spots on the tail feathers of a peacock.
5) [noun] a mass of visible vapour condensed into minute drops and floating in the upper regions of the atmosphere; a cloud.
6) [noun] absence of light; darkness.
7) [noun] the second half of a lunar month during which the moon grows gradually less in extent.
Kannada is a Dravidian language (as opposed to the Indo-European language family) mainly spoken in the southwestern region of India.
See also (Relevant definitions)
Starts with: Mecakabha, Mecakabhidha, Mecakacatani, Mecakagala, Mecakapaga, Mecakasannibha, Mecakate.
Ends with: Mukhamecaka, Saumecaka.
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