Nagadanti, Nāgadantī, Naga-danti, Nagadamti: 6 definitions


Nagadanti means something in Hinduism, Sanskrit, 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

Ayurveda (science of life)

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Nighantu (Synonyms and Characteristics of Drugs and technical terms)

Source: WorldCat: Rāj nighaṇṭu

Nāgadantī (नागदन्ती) is the Sanskrit name for a medicinal plant possibly identified with Croton oblongifolius Roxb., synonym of Chrozophora tinctoria or “dyer's croton” from the Euphorbiaceae or “sphurge” family of flowering plant, according to verse 5.86-88 of the 13th-century Raj Nighantu or Rājanighaṇṭu. Note: Nāgadantī is a controversial drug. S.M. in K.D. suggests in favour of Artemisia vulgaris Linn.

Nāgadantī is mentioned as having fourteen synonyms: Śvetaghaṇṭā, Madhupuṣpā, Viśodhanī, Nāgasphoṭā, Viśālākṣī, Nāgacchatrā, Vicakṣaṇā, Sarpapuṣpī, Śuklapuṣpī, Svādukā, Śītadantikā, Sitapuṣpī, Sarpadantī and Nāginī.

Properties and characteristics: “Nāgadantī is pungent (kaṭu), bitter (tikta), dry (rūkṣa) and anti-vāta and anti-kapha. It improves mental power and alleviates poisonous effects. It improves digestive power and does all the good to the body. It is indicated in gulma (false abdominal lumps due to wind), colics, diseases of abdomen and throat”.

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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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Biology (plants and animals)

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Source: Wisdom Library: Local Names of Plants and Drugs

Naga-Danti [నాగదంతి] in the Telugu language is the name of a plant identified with Heliotropium indicum L. from the Boraginaceae (Forget-me-not) family having the following synonyms: Heliotropium africanum. For the possible medicinal usage of naga-danti, you can check this page for potential sources and references, although be aware that any some or none of the side-effects may not be mentioned here, wether they be harmful or beneficial to health.

Nagadamti [ನಾಗದಮ್ತಿ] in the Kannada language is the name of a plant identified with Baliospermum solanifolium (Burm.) Suresh from the Euphorbiaceae (Castor) family having the following synonyms: Baliospermum axillare, Baliospermum montanum, Jatropha montana.

Nagadanti [नागदन्ती] in the Sanskrit language, ibid. previous identification.

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

1) Nagadanti in India is the name of a plant defined with Croton persimilis in various botanical sources. This page contains potential references in Ayurveda, modern medicine, and other folk traditions or local practices It has the synonym Oxydectes oblongifolia Kuntze (among others).

2) Nagadanti is also identified with Heliotropium indicum It has the synonym Eliopia serrata Raf. (etc.).

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

· Linnaea (1865)
· Ethnobotany (2004)
· Methodus Plantas Horti Botanici (1794)
· Flora Indica, or ‘Descriptions of Indian Plants’ (1832)
· Rapid Assessment Program Working Papers (1998)
· Glimpses of Cytogenetics in India (1992)

If you are looking for specific details regarding Nagadanti, for example side effects, diet and recipes, chemical composition, pregnancy safety, extract dosage, health benefits, have a look at these references.

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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

Sanskrit dictionary

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

Nāgadantī (नागदन्ती).—

1) a kind of sun-flower.

2) a harlot.

Nāgadantī is a Sanskrit compound consisting of the terms nāga and dantī (दन्ती).

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

1) Nāgadantī (नागदन्ती):—[=nāga-dantī] [from nāga-danta > nāga] f. Tiaridium Indicum, [Suśruta]

2) [v.s. ...] Heliotropium Indicum, [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 (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

[«previous next»] — Nagadanti in Kannada glossary
Source: Alar: Kannada-English corpus

Nāgadaṃti (ನಾಗದಂತಿ):—

1) [noun] the plant Heliotgropium indicum of Boraginaceae family.

2) [noun] its flower.

3) [noun] the plant Baliospermum montanum (= Croton polyandrus) of Euphorbiaceae family.

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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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