Nalikera, Nāḷikera, Nālikera: 20 definitions


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The Sanskrit term Nāḷikera can be transliterated into English as Nalikera or Naliikera, using the IAST transliteration scheme (?).

In Hinduism

Pancaratra (worship of Nārāyaṇa)

Source: Isvara Samhita Vol 5

Nālikera (नालिकेर) refers to “coconuts” and is used in oblation offerings, according to verse 25.137-141a of the 8th-century Īśvarasaṃhitā. Accordingly, “... they [eg., nālikera] are already cooked, filling the cooking vessels (sthālī) and dishes (śarāva) are to be kept in all broad frying vessels (ambarīṣa). They are to be placed on vessels (pātra) smeared with (within) ghee (ghṛta), are hot and are to be spread out there. They which are heated and made greasy with powdered peppers, jīraka and ghee are to be stirred again and again with ladle. They are to be kept in vessels covered with clothes etc”.

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Pancaratra (पाञ्चरात्र, pāñcarātra) represents a tradition of Hinduism where Narayana is revered and worshipped. Closeley related to Vaishnavism, the Pancaratra literature includes various Agamas and tantras incorporating many Vaishnava philosophies.

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Ayurveda (science of life)

Kalpa (Formulas, Drug prescriptions and other Medicinal preparations)

Source: Shodhganga: Edition translation and critical study of yogasarasamgraha

Nālikera (नालिकेर) [or Nāḷikera] refers to the medicinal plant known as “Cocos nucifera Linn.” and is dealt with in the 15th-century Yogasārasaṅgraha (Yogasara-saṅgraha) by Vāsudeva: an unpublished Keralite work representing an Ayurvedic compendium of medicinal recipes. The Yogasārasaṃgraha [mentioning nālikera] deals with entire recipes in the route of administration, and thus deals with the knowledge of pharmacy (bhaiṣajya-kalpanā) which is a branch of pharmacology (dravyaguṇa).

Toxicology (Study and Treatment of poison)

Source: Shodhganga: Kasyapa Samhita—Text on Visha Chikitsa

Nālikera (नालिकेर) refers to a “coconut”, and is used in the treatment (cikitsā) of rat poison (ākhu-viṣa), according to the Kāśyapa Saṃhitā: an ancient Sanskrit text from the Pāñcarātra tradition dealing with both Tantra and Viṣacikitsā—an important topic from Āyurveda which deals with the study of Toxicology (Viṣavidyā or Sarpavidyā).—Kāśyapa has recommended a slew of generic formulae that successfully neutralise rat poison.—According to Kāśyapasaṃhitā (verse 11.52): “Śatamūlā and Śatāvāri mixed with coconut water (nālikera-rasa) must be made into paste and applied on the swelling caused by the rat bite.”.

Agriculture (Krishi) and Vrikshayurveda (study of Plant life)

Source: Shodhganga: Drumavichitrikarnam—Plant mutagenesis in ancient India

Nālikera (नालिकेर) (identified with Cocos nucifera) is used by certain bio-organical recipes for plant mutagenesis, according to the Vṛkṣāyurveda by Sūrapāla (1000 CE): an encyclopedic work dealing with the study of trees and the principles of ancient Indian agriculture.—Accordingly, “Cocos nucifera [e.g., Nālikera] is destroyed if fed by water used for cleaning rice. Gossypium herbaceum immediately perishes if fed by water with the leaves of Azadirachta indica”.

Unclassified Ayurveda definitions

Source: Vagbhata’s Ashtanga Hridaya Samhita (first 5 chapters)

1) Nālikera (नालिकेर) or “coconut” is mentioned in verse 5.19 of the Aṣṭāṅgahṛdayasaṃhitā (Sūtrasthāna) by Vāgbhaṭa.—Accordingly, “[...] coconut water [viz., nālikera-udaka] (is) unctuous, sweet, viriligenic, cooling, light, eliminatire of thirst, choler, and wind, promotive of digestion, (and) purgative of the bladder”.

2) Nālikera (नालिकेर) is sometimes identified with Coca which is mentioned in verse 3.31.—Coca usually denotes the cinnamon bark but may also stand for the coco-nut, the fan-palm fruit, and the banana. [...] Candranandana and Hemādri give nālikera (“coco-nut”) as equivalent, and this is also the meaning of rgya-star (corrupted to rgyas-ltar in NP), which recurs in 5.19 & 6.117 as the sole spelling of all xylographs and roughly translates “large nut”.

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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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Jyotisha (astronomy and astrology)

Source: Wisdom Library: Brihat Samhita by Varahamihira

Nālikera (नालिकेर) or Nālikeradvīpa refers to a country belonging to “Āgneyī (south-eastern division)” classified under the constellations of Āśleṣā, Maghā and Pūrvaphālguni, according to the system of Kūrmavibhāga, according to the Bṛhatsaṃhitā (chapter 14), an encyclopedic Sanskrit work written by Varāhamihira mainly focusing on the science of ancient Indian astronomy astronomy (Jyotiṣa).—Accordingly, “The countries of the Earth beginning from the centre of Bhāratavarṣa and going round the east, south-east, south, etc., are divided into 9 divisions corresponding to the 27 lunar asterisms at the rate of 3 for each division and beginning from Kṛttikā. The constellations of Āśleṣā, Maghā and Pūrvaphālguni represent the south-eastern division consisting of [i.e., Nālikera] [...]”.

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Jyotisha (ज्योतिष, jyotiṣa or jyotish) refers to ‘astronomy’ or “Vedic astrology” and represents the fifth of the six Vedangas (additional sciences to be studied along with the Vedas). Jyotisha concerns itself with the study and prediction of the movements of celestial bodies, in order to calculate the auspicious time for rituals and ceremonies.

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In Buddhism

Theravada (major branch of Buddhism)

Source: Pali Kanon: Pali Proper Names

An island, with many attendant islands. When the country of King Bharu (q.v.) was destroyed because he took bribes, those who had blamed him for his unrighteousness were saved and found shelter in the islands round Nalikera. J.ii.173.

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Theravāda is a major branch of Buddhism having the the Pali canon (tipitaka) as their canonical literature, which includes the vinaya-pitaka (monastic rules), the sutta-pitaka (Buddhist sermons) and the abhidhamma-pitaka (philosophy and psychology).

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Biology (plants and animals)

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

Nalikera in India is the name of a plant defined with Cocos nucifera in various botanical sources. This page contains potential references in Ayurveda, modern medicine, and other folk traditions or local practices It has the synonym Cocos nana Griff. (among others).

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

· Kew Chromosome Conference (1995)
· Agric. Colon. (1916)
· Journal of Ethnobiology and Ethnomedicine. (2005)
· Ann. Allergy Asthma Immunol. (2007)
· Species Plantarum
· Res. Microbiol. (2004)

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

Pali-English dictionary

[«previous next»] — Nalikera in Pali glossary
Source: BuddhaSasana: Concise Pali-English Dictionary

nāḷikera : (m.) the coconut tree. (nt.), coconut.

Source: Sutta: The Pali Text Society's Pali-English Dictionary

Nāḷikera, (Sk. nārikera, nārikela, nalikera, nālikela: dialect, of uncertain etym. ) the coconut tree Vv 4413; J. IV, 159; V, 384; DA. I, 83; VvA. 162. (Page 350)

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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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Sanskrit dictionary

Source: DDSA: The practical Sanskrit-English dictionary

Nālikera (नालिकेर).—See नारिकेर (nārikera) &c.

See also (synonyms): nālikeli.

Source: Cologne Digital Sanskrit Dictionaries: Edgerton Buddhist Hybrid Sanskrit Dictionary

Nālikera (नालिकेर).—(= Pali Nāḷikera, °kīra), name of a wicked king of Dantapura in Kaliṅga: Mahāvastu iii.361.12 (text Nārīkela, v.l. nālikela); 368.14 (v.l. °la); 369.12 (v.l. °la).

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Nālīkera (नालीकेर).—nt. (compare nāḍīkerī, and Sanskrit nālikera, nārī-kela), cocoanut, the fruit of the cocoa-palm: Mahāvastu ii.475.15 °rāṇi (v.l. °lāni).

Source: Cologne Digital Sanskrit Dictionaries: Shabda-Sagara Sanskrit-English Dictionary

Nālikera (नालिकेर).—m.

(-raḥ) The cocoanut. E. nal to bind, affix ina, nāli a leaf, &c. ka air, wind, and ira what goes; fluttering in the wind. see nārikela .

Source: Cologne Digital Sanskrit Dictionaries: Benfey Sanskrit-English Dictionary

Nālikera (नालिकेर).—and nālikela nālikela, m. The cocoa-nut, [Suśruta] 2, 175, 2; 1, 213, 3.

— Cf. nārikela.

Source: Cologne Digital Sanskrit Dictionaries: Cappeller Sanskrit-English Dictionary

Nālikera (नालिकेर).—([feminine] ī) & kela [masculine] = nārikera.

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

1) Nālikera (नालिकेर):—m. the cocoa-nut tree or the c°-nut, [Varāha-mihira; Suśruta] (also kela m. as [varia lectio]), [Kāvya literature] (also kerī f., [Bālarāmāyaṇa])

2) Name of a district to the south east of Madhya-deśa, [Varāha-mihira]

Source: Cologne Digital Sanskrit Dictionaries: Yates Sanskrit-English Dictionary

Nālikera (नालिकेर):—(raḥ) 1. m. A cocoanut.

[Sanskrit to German]

Nalikera in German

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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

Source: Alar: Kannada-English corpus

Nālikēra (ನಾಲಿಕೇರ):—

1) [noun] the coconut palm, Cocos nucifera of Arecaceae family.

2) [noun] its nut consisting of a thick, fibrous, brown, oval husk, a thin, hard shell, an edible white layer of meat, filled with a sweet, milky fluid; coconut.

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Nāḷikēra (ನಾಳಿಕೇರ):—

1) [noun] the coconut palm, Cocos nucifera of Arecaceae family.

2) [noun] its nut consisting of a thick, fibrous, brown, oval husk, a thin, hard shell, an edible white layer of meat, filled with a sweet, milky fluid; coconut.

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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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