Musta, aka: Mushta, Mustā, Muṣṭa; 3 Definition(s)


Musta means something in Hinduism, Sanskrit, Marathi. 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.

The Sanskrit term Muṣṭa can be transliterated into English as Musta or Mushta, using the IAST transliteration scheme (?).

In Hinduism

Ayurveda (science of life)

Mustā (मुस्ता) is a Sanskrit word referring to “Nut grass”, a species of grass from the Cyperaceae (sedge) family of flowering plants. It is also known as Mustakā. It is used throughout Āyurvedic literature such as the Caraka-saṃhitā and the Suśruta-saṃhitā. The official botanical name of this plant is Cyperus rotundus. It is a perennial glabrous herb with long slender stolons. It grows all over India with altitudes up to 1800 meter. Its leaves are narrow, linear, flat and has spikes.

This plant (Mustā) is also mentioned as a medicine used for the treatment of all major fevers, 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 also known as Ghana, Ambodhara, Abda or Payodhara. In this work, the plant is mentioned being part of the Kirātatiktādigaṇa group of medicinal drugs.

Source: Wisdom Library: Āyurveda and botany
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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

mustā (मुस्ता).—f S A fragrant grass, Cyperus rotundus.

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mustā (मुस्ता).—m An instrument for combing cotton.

Source: DDSA: The Molesworth Marathi and English Dictionary
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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

Muṣṭa (मुष्ट).—p. p.

1) Stolen; मुष्टं प्रतिग्राहयता स्वमर्थम् (muṣṭaṃ pratigrāhayatā svamartham) Ś.5.2.

2) Enticed, attracted; Bhāg.8.12.22. See मुष् (muṣ) (5).

-ṣṭam Stolen property.

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Musta (मुस्त) or Mustā (मुस्ता).—A kind of grass; विस्रब्धं क्रियतां वराहततिभिर्मुस्ताक्षतिः पल्वले (visrabdhaṃ kriyatāṃ varāhatatibhirmustākṣatiḥ palvale) Ś.2.6; R.9.59;15.19.

Derivable forms: mustaḥ (मुस्तः), mustam (मुस्तम्).

Source: DDSA: The practical Sanskrit-English dictionary
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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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