Nali, aka: Nālī, Nāḷī, Nāḷi, Nāli; 8 Definition(s)

Introduction

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The Sanskrit terms Nāḷī and Nāḷi can be transliterated into English as Nali or Nalii, using the IAST transliteration scheme (?).

In Hinduism

Purana

[Nali in Purana glossaries]

Nālī (नाली).—Equal in measurement to dhanurdaṇḍa.*

  • * Vāyu-purāṇa 101. 125.
(Source): Cologne Digital Sanskrit Dictionaries: The Purana Index
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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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Natyashastra (theatrics and dramaturgy)

[Nali in Natyashastra glossaries]

Nāli (नालि, “enigma”) refers to one of the thirteen types of vīthi, according to the Nāṭyaśāstra chapter 20. It is also known by the name Nālikā. Vīthi represents one of the daśarūpa or, “ten kinds of dramatic plays”, which are said to have originated from the various styles (vṛtti), discussed in chapter 22 of the same work.

(Source): Wisdom Library: Nāṭya-śāstra
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Natyashastra (नाट्यशास्त्र, nāṭyaśāstra) refers to both the ancient Indian tradition (śāstra) of performing arts, (nāṭya, e.g., theatrics, drama, dance, music), as well as the name of a Sanskrit work dealing with these subjects. It also teaches the rules for composing dramatic plays (nataka) and poetic works (kavya).

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India history and geogprahy

[Nali in India history glossaries]

Nali (“bamboo tube”) is one of the exogamous septs (divisions) among the Kurubas (a tribe of South India). The Kurubas are sub-divided into clans or gumpus, each having a headman or guru called a gaudu, who gives his name to the clan. And the clans are again sub-divided into gotras or septs (viz., Nali).

(Source): Project Gutenberg: Castes and Tribes of Southern India, Volume 1
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The history of India traces the identification of countries, villages, towns and other regions of India, as well as royal dynasties, rulers, tribes, local festivities and traditions and regional languages. Ancient India enjoyed religious freedom and encourages the path of Dharma, a concept common to Buddhism, Hinduism, and Jainism.

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Languages of India and abroad

Pali-English dictionary

[Nali in Pali glossaries]

nāḷi : (f.) a measure of capacity; a tube.

(Source): BuddhaSasana: Concise Pali-English Dictionary

Nāḷī, (f.) & (in cpds.) nāḷi (Sk. nāḍī, see nala) a hollow stalk, tube, pipe; also a measure of capacity Vin. I, 249; A. III, 49; J. I, 98 (suvaṇṇa°), 124 (taṇḍula°), 419; III, 220 (kaṇḍa° a quiver); IV, 67; DhA. II, 193 (tela°), 257. Cp. pa°.

—paṭṭa a covering for the head, a cap J. VI, 370, 444 (text °vaṭṭa); —matta as much as a tube holds A. II, 199; PvA. 283; DhA. II, 70; J. I, 419 (of aja-laṇḍikā). (Page 350)

(Source): Sutta: The Pali Text Society's Pali-English Dictionary
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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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Marathi-English dictionary

[Nali in Marathi glossaries]

naḷī (नळी).—f (naḷā) A tube or pipe; a spout, a gunbarrel, an ureter, the windpipe, the gullet, the case enclosing the weaver's spool or shuttle, a long hollow body gen.: also a drain or sewer. 2 The bone of the leg, the shank or tibia. With many naḷī is also the bone of the thigh, of the upper arm, and of the fore arm or the radius, all being regarded as tubular. 3 The nasal canal. 4 A narrow channel betwixt hills. 5 (From naḷī Gun- barrel.) A matchlock-man or a musketeer. In this use naḷī resembles bāra & ghōḍā. naḷīcēṃ vaṛhāḍa karaṇēṃ To stuff one's own maw (greedily, selfishly &c.) naḷīṃ nakha dēṇēṃ g. of o. also naḷī dābaṇēṃ To deprive one of his bread and butter. 2 To treat cruelly or harshly. naḷīvara nēsaṇēṃ To wear the dhōtara or lugaḍēṃ very short (only just over the knee.)

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nāḷī (नाळी) [or ळ्या, ḷyā].—a (nāḷa) Having a galled or sore back--a beast.

(Source): DDSA: The Molesworth Marathi and English Dictionary

naḷī (नळी).—f A tube or pipe; a spout, a gun- barrel, an ureter, the wind pipe, the gullet, the case enclosing the weaver's spool or shuttle, a long bollow body gen.: also a drain or sewer. naḷīcēṃ vaṛhāḍa karaṇēṃ To stuff one's own maw. naḷī nakha dēṇēṃ, naḷīṃ dābaṇēṃ To deprive one of his bread and butter. To treat cruelly or harsh- ly. naḷīvara nēsaṇēṃ To wear the dhōtara or lugaḍēṃ very short (only just over the knee).

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nāḷī (नाळी).—

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

[Nali in Sanskrit glossaries]

Nalī (नली).—f. A kind of perfume or red arsenic.

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Nāli (नालि) or Nālī (नाली).—f. [nal-ṇic in bā ṅīp]

1) Any tubular vessel of the body.

2) A hollow stalk, especially that of the lotus.

3) A period of 24 minutes (ghaṭikā).

4) An instrument for boring an elephant's ear.

5) A canal, drain.

6) A lotus flower.

7) A piece of metal on which the hours are struck (ghaṭī).

Derivable forms: nāliḥ (नालिः).

(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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