Nai, Naī, Nāi: 9 definitions


Nai means something in Hinduism, Sanskrit, Marathi, Jainism, Prakrit, Hindi, 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.

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In Hinduism

Ayurveda (science of life)

Source: Wisdom Library: Local Names of Plants and Drugs

Nai in the Hindi language is the name of a plant identified with Vanda tessellata (Roxb.) Hook. ex G.Don from the Orchidaceae (Orchid) family having the following synonyms: Epidendrum tessellatum, Vanda roxburghii, Cymbidium tessellatum. For the possible medicinal usage of nai, 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.

Source: Advances in Zoology and Botany: Ethnomedicinal List of Plants Treating Fever in Ahmednagar District of Maharashtra, India

Nāi in the Marathi language refers to the medicinal herb “Enicostema axillare (Lam.) Raynal”, and is used for ethnomedicine treatment of Fever in Ahmednagar district, India. The parts used are: “Roots”.

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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)

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

1) Nai in India is the name of a plant defined with Enicostema axillare in various botanical sources. This page contains potential references in Ayurveda, modern medicine, and other folk traditions or local practices It has the synonym Hippion littorale (Blume) Miq. (among others).

2) Nai is also identified with Hordeum vulgare It has the synonym Zeocriton distichon (L.) P. Beauv. (etc.).

3) Nai is also identified with Rauvolfia serpentina It has the synonym Ophioxylon trifoliatum Gaertn. (etc.).

4) Nai is also identified with Vanda tessellata It has the synonym Cymbidium tessellatum (Roxb.) Sw. (etc.).

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

· Adansonia (1969)
· Systema Vegetabilium (1825)
· Acta Pharmacol. Toxicol. (Copenh) (1986)
· Numer. List (7318)
· Familles des Plantes (1763)
· Science and Culture (1982)

If you are looking for specific details regarding Nai, for example chemical composition, health benefits, diet and recipes, pregnancy safety, extract dosage, side effects, 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

Marathi-English dictionary

Source: DDSA: The Molesworth Marathi and English Dictionary

naī (नई).—f unc A river. Pr. ikaḍē naī tikaḍē vaī.

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nāī (नाई).—f A plant, Sphæranthus Indicus. 2 A particular creeping plant.

Source: DDSA: The Aryabhusan school dictionary, Marathi-English

naī (नई).—f A river. Ex. īkaḍē naī tikaḍē vaī.

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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 dictionary

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

Nai (नै):—Vṛddhi form of ni in [compound]

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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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Hindi dictionary

Source: DDSA: A practical Hindi-English dictionary

1) Naī (नई):—(a) new; fem. of [nayā] (see); —[āvatī] fresh receipt; —[navelī] young and new; —[nikora] brand new.

2) Nāī (नाई):—(nm) a barber, a low caste in the traditional Hindu social order subsisting on haircutting, shaving, etc.; -[telī-dhobī] the butcher, the baker, the candlestickmaker.

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Prakrit-English dictionary

Source: DDSA: Paia-sadda-mahannavo; a comprehensive Prakrit Hindi dictionary

1) Ṇai (णै) in the Prakrit language is related to the Sanskrit word: Nati.

2) Ṇaī (णई) also relates to the Sanskrit word: Nadī.

3) Ṇāi (णाइ) also relates to the Sanskrit word: Jñāti.

4) Ṇāi (णाइ) also relates to the Sanskrit word: Jñati.

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Prakrit is an ancient language closely associated with both Pali and Sanskrit. Jain literature is often composed in this language or sub-dialects, such as the Agamas and their commentaries which are written in Ardhamagadhi and Maharashtri Prakrit. The earliest extant texts can be dated to as early as the 4th century BCE although core portions might be older.

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Kannada-English dictionary

Source: Alar: Kannada-English corpus

Nai (ನೈ):—

1) [noun] butter clarified by boiling; ghee.

2) [noun] a thick, sweet, syrupy substance that bees make as food from the nectar of flowers; honey.

3) [noun] any of various kinds of substances that are unctuous, viscous, combustible, liquid at ordinary temperatures, and soluble in ether or alcohol but not in water, extracted mainly from seeds of various plants; oil.

4) [noun] the typical quality of oils, being oily, greasy, viscous, etc.; oiliness.

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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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