Nicula: 9 definitions


Nicula means something in Hinduism, Sanskrit, Buddhism, Pali, 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.

Alternative spellings of this word include Nichula.

In Hinduism

Ayurveda (science of life)

Source: Wisdom Library: Āyurveda and botany

1) Nicula (निचुल) is another name (synonym) for Vetasa, which is a Sanskrit name for the plant Salix caprea (goat willow). This synonym was identified by Narahari in his 13th-century Rājanighaṇṭu (verse 9.106), which is an Ayurvedic medicinal thesaurus. Certain plant parts of Vetasa are eaten as a vegetable (śāka), and it is therefore part of the Śākavarga group of medicinal plants, referring to the “group of vegetables/pot-herbs”.

2) Nicula (निचुल) is a Sanskrit word referring to the Barringtonia acutangula (Indian oak), a species of tree native to Southern Asia, from the Lecythidaceae family, and is used throughout Ayurvedic literature such as the Caraka-saṃhitā. Other names in English as “hizal tree”, “barringtonia”, “freshwater mangrove” or “Indian Putat”. The literal translation of Nicula is “upper garment, overcoat”. It is also known by the synonym Hijjala and Ambuja. It is traditionally used as a medicine for various remedies, for example, it is included in a recipe for destroying parasites.

Source: Shodhganga: Edition translation and critical study of yogasarasamgraha

Nicula (निचुल) [or Nicuḷa] refers to the medicinal plant known as “Barringtonia acutangula (Linn.) Gaertn.” and is dealt with in the 15th-century Yogasārasaṅgraha (Yogasara-saṅgraha) by Vāsudeva: an unpublished Keralite work representing an Ayurvedic compendium of medicinal recipes.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 nicula] 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).

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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

Pali-English dictionary

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

Nicula, (Sk. nicula) a plant (Barringtonia acutangula) VvA. 134. (Page 355)

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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

Source: DDSA: The Molesworth Marathi and English Dictionary

nicūḷa (निचूळ).—m W (nicula S) The Jack tree or its fruit.

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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

Source: DDSA: The practical Sanskrit-English dictionary

Nicula (निचुल).—

1) A kind of reed.

2) Name of a poet and friend of Kālidāsa; स्थानादस्मात् सरसनिचुलादुत्पतोदङ्मुखः खम् (sthānādasmāt sarasaniculādutpatodaṅmukhaḥ kham) Me.14. (where Malli. observes:-niculo nāma mahākaviḥ kālidāsasya sahādhyāyaḥ; but this explanation is very doubtful).

3) An upper garment, cover; cf. निचोल (nicola).

4) The tree called हिज्जल (hijjala), (Barringtonia Acutangula).

5) A lotus.

6) A cocoa-nut tree; निचुलो हिज्जले पद्मेऽप्यस्त्री मधुफलेऽ पि च (niculo hijjale padme'pyastrī madhuphale' pi ca) Nm.

Derivable forms: niculaḥ (निचुलः).

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

Nicula (निचुल).—m.

(-laḥ) 1. A plant, (Barringtonia acutangula.) 2. An upper and outer garment. 3. A name of a poet. E. ni before, cul to lift up, affix ka . hijjale tathā vetasavṛkṣe ca .

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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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