Nipa, Nīpa, Nipā: 24 definitions


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In Hinduism

Ayurveda (science of life)

Source: Wisdom Library: Āyurveda and botany

Nīpa (नीप) is another name (synonym) for Dhārākadamba: one of the three varieties of Kadamba, which is a Sanskrit name for the plant Neolamarckia cadamba (burflower-tree). This synonym was identified by Narahari in his 13th-century Rājanighaṇṭu (verse 9.97), which is an Ayurvedic medicinal thesaurus.

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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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Dharmashastra (religious law)

Source: Wisdom Library: Dharma-śāstra

Nīpa (नीप) is a Sanskrit word, identified with Ixora bandhucca (a species of aśoka) by various scholars in their translation of the Śukranīti. This tree is mentioned as bearing good fruits. The King should plant such domestic plants in and near villages. He should nourish them by stoole of goats, sheep and cows, water as well as meat.

The following is an ancient Indian recipe for such nourishment of trees:

According to Śukranīti 4.4.105-109: “The trees (such as nīpa) are to be watered in the morning and evening in summer, every alternate day in winter, in the fifth part of the day (i.e., afternoon) in spring, never in the rainy season. If trees have their fruits destroyed, the pouring of cold water after being cooked together with Kulutha, Māṣa (seeds), Mudga (pulse), Yava (barley) and Tila (oil seed) would lead to the growth of flowers and fruits. Growth of trees can be helped by the application of water with which fishes are washed and cleansed.”

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Dharmashastra (धर्मशास्त्र, dharmaśāstra) contains the instructions (shastra) regarding religious conduct of livelihood (dharma), ceremonies, jurisprudence (study of law) and more. It is categorized as smriti, an important and authoritative selection of books dealing with the Hindu lifestyle.

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Purana and Itihasa (epic history)

Source: Wisdom Library: Bhagavata Purana

1) Nīpa (नीप):—Son of Pāra (son of Rucirāśva). He had one hundred sons. One of his sons was called Brahmadatta, whom he begot through the womb of his wife, Kṛtvī (daughter of Śuka). (see Bhāgavata Purāṇa 9.21.24-25)

2) Nīpa (नीप):—Son of Kṛtī (son of Sannatimān). He had a son called Udgrāyudha. (see Bhāgavata Purāṇa 9.21.28-29)

Source: Puranic Encyclopedia

1) Nīpa (नीप).—A famous King of the Pūru dynasty. A son called Brahmadatta was born to the King by his wife Kṛti alias Kīrtimatī. Brahmadatta begot hundred sons like Kīrtivardhana and all of them became famous by the name Nīpas. (Bhāgavata, 9th Skandha).

2) Nīpa (नीप).—An ancient kingdom in India. The King of this place participated in Yudhiṣṭhira’s Rājasūya. (Sabhā Parva, Chapter 51, Verse 24).

3) Nīpa (नीप).—A Kṣatriya dynasty. King Janamejaya belonged to this dynasty. (Udyoga Parva, Chapter 74, Verse 13).

Source: Cologne Digital Sanskrit Dictionaries: The Purana Index

1a) Nīpa (नीप).—A son of Pāra (Paura, Matsya-purāṇa) wife kṛtvī; father of 100 sons, Nīpās; Aṇuhasatyaka? was the eldest; among the others were Srīmān who was well known and was destroyed by Ugrasena (Ugrāyudha, Vāyu-purāṇa) for the sake of Janamejaya; Brahmadatta was another son.*

  • * Bhāgavata-purāṇa IX. 21. 24-25; Matsya-purāṇa 49. 52, 59; Vāyu-purāṇa 99. 174-5.

1b) The son of Kṛtin and father of Ugrāyudha.*

  • * Bhāgavata-purāṇa IX. 21. 29.

1c) 100 sons of Nīpa, among whom Srīmān was the most celebrated; destroyed by Ugrāyudha for the sake of Janamejaya;1 a tribe.2

  • 1) Matsya-purāṇa 49. 53, 59; Viṣṇu-purāṇa IV. 19. 54.
  • 2) Matsya-purāṇa 273. 73.
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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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Vaishnavism (Vaishava dharma)

Source: VedaBase: Śrīmad Bhāgavatam

Nīpa (नीप) refers to the “dust kadamba”:—According to Śrīla Jīva Gosvāmī, the nīpa, though not a very prominent tree, bears large flowers (Śrīmad Bhāgavatam 10.30.9). Śrīla Viśvanātha Cakravartī gives the following information about Vṛndāvana’s trees: The nīpa is “the dust kadamba” and it has large flowers.

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Vaishnava (वैष्णव, vaiṣṇava) or vaishnavism (vaiṣṇavism) represents a tradition of Hinduism worshipping Vishnu as the supreme Lord. Similar to the Shaktism and Shaivism traditions, Vaishnavism also developed as an individual movement, famous for its exposition of the dashavatara (‘ten avatars of Vishnu’).

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Jyotisha (astronomy and astrology)

Source: Wisdom Library: Brihat Samhita by Varahamihira

Nīpa (नीप) refers to a country belonging to “Madhyadeśa (central division)” classified under the constellations of Kṛttikā, Rohiṇī and Mṛgaśīrṣa, 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 Kṛttikā, Rohiṇī and Mṛgaśīrṣa represent the Madhyadeśa or central division consisting of the countries of [i.e., Nīpa] [...]”.

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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

Mahayana (major branch of Buddhism)

Source: Bulletin of the French School of the Far East (volume 5)

Nipa (निप) [?] (in Chinese: Ni-p'o) is the name of an ancient kingdom associated with Rohiṇī or Rohiṇīnakṣatra, as mentioned in chapter 18 of the Candragarbha: the 55th section of the Mahāsaṃnipāta-sūtra, a large compilation of Sūtras (texts) in Mahāyāna Buddhism partly available in Sanskrit, Tibetan and Chinese.—Chapter 18 deals with geographical astrology and, in conversation with Brahmarāja and others, Buddha explains how he entrusts the Nakṣatras [e.g., Rohiṇī] with a group of kingdoms [e.g., Nipa] for the sake of protection and prosperity.

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Mahayana (महायान, mahāyāna) is a major branch of Buddhism focusing on the path of a Bodhisattva (spiritual aspirants/ enlightened beings). Extant literature is vast and primarely composed in the Sanskrit language. There are many sūtras of which some of the earliest are the various Prajñāpāramitā sūtras.

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In Jainism

General definition (in Jainism)

Source: Economic Life In Ancient India (as depicted in Jain canonical literature)

Nipa (निप) refers to a kind of tree (vṛkṣa) commonly found in the forests (vaṇa) of ancient India, mentioned in the 1st century Uvavāiya-sutta (sanksrit: Aupapātika-sūtra). Forests have been a significant part of the Indian economy since ancient days. They have been considered essential for economic development in as much as, besides bestowing many geographical advantages, they provide basic materials for building, furniture and various industries. The most important forest products are wood and timber which have been used by the mankind to fulfil his various needs—domestic, agricultural and industrial.

Different kinds of trees (e.g., the Nipa tree) provided firewood and timber. The latter was used for furniture, building materials, enclosures, staircases, pillars, agricultural purposes, e. g. for making ploughs, transportation e. g. for making carts, chariots, boats, ships, and for various industrial needs. Vaṇa-kamma was an occupation dealing in wood and in various otherforest products. Iṅgāla-kamma was another occupation which was concerned with preparing charcoal from firewood.

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Jainism is an Indian religion of Dharma whose doctrine revolves around harmlessness (ahimsa) towards every living being. The two major branches (Digambara and Svetambara) of Jainism stimulate self-control (or, shramana, ‘self-reliance’) and spiritual development through a path of peace for the soul to progess to the ultimate goal.

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Biology (plants and animals)

Source: Wisdom Library: Local Names of Plants and Drugs

Nipa [ನೀಪಾ] in the Kannada language is the name of a plant identified with Quassia indica (Gaertn.) Noot. from the Simaroubaceae (Quassia) family having the following synonyms: Samadera indica, Samadera madagascariensis. For the possible medicinal usage of nipa, 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.

Nipa [நீபா] in the Tamil language, ibid. previous identification.

Nipa in the Sanskrit language is the name of a plant identified with Barringtonia racemosa (L.) Spreng. from the Lecythidaceae (Brazilnut) family having the following synonyms: Eugenia racemosa.

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

1) Nipa in Chile is the name of a plant defined with Escallonia illinita in various botanical sources. This page contains potential references in Ayurveda, modern medicine, and other folk traditions or local practices It has the synonym Escallonia poeppigiana DC. var. longifolia DC., nom. nud. (among others).

2) Nipa in India is also identified with Barringtonia racemosa It has the synonym Butonica caffra Miers (etc.).

3) Nipa is also identified with Haldina cordifolia It has the synonym Nauclea sterculiifolia A. Rich. ex DC.) (Adina Salisb., from the Greek adinos ‘clustered, plentiful, crowded’, referring to the clustered flowers. (etc.).

4) Nipa is also identified with Quassia indica It has the synonym Samadera madagascariensis A. Juss. (etc.).

5) Nipa in Philippines is also identified with Nypa fruticans It has the synonym Nipa arborescens Wurmb ex H. Wendl. (etc.).

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

· Species Plantarum
· Prodromus Systematis Naturalis Regni Vegetabilis (1828)
· Reliquiae Haenkeanae (1831)
· Hortus Bengalensis (1814)
· Prodromus Systematis Naturalis Regni Vegetabilis (DC.) (1830)
· Encyclopédie Méthodique, Botanique (1785)

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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

Source: BuddhaSasana: Concise Pali-English Dictionary

nīpa : (m.) the tree Nauclea Cadamba.

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

Nīpa, (adj.) (Vedic nīpa, contr. fr. ni+āpa “low water”) lit. lying low, deep, N. of the tree Nauclea cadamba, a species of Asoka tree J. I, 13 (v. 61)=Bu II. 51; J. V, 6 (so read for nipa). (Page 375)

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Nipa, at J. V, 6 read as nīpa. (Page 359)

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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

Nipa (निप).—A water-jar.

-paḥ The Kadamba tree.

Derivable forms: nipaḥ (निपः), nipam (निपम्).

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Nipā (निपा).—2 P.

1) To drink or suck in, imbibe.

2) To absorb, dry up.

3) To drink, kiss; अत एव निपीयतेऽधरः (ata eva nipīyate'dharaḥ) Pañcatantra (Bombay) 1.189; दन्तच्छदं प्रियतमेन निपीतसारम् (dantacchadaṃ priyatamena nipītasāram) Ṛtusaṃhāra 4.13.

4) To feast on (with the eyes or ears).

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Nīpa (नीप).—a. Situated low, deep.

-paḥ 1 The foot of a mountain.

2) A kind of कदम्ब (kadamba) (said to blossom in the rainy season; Adina Cordifolia Hook). The tree is known as हेडु (heḍu) or हेडकदम्ब (heḍakadamba) in Marāthī. It is the same as हरिद्रकदम्बक (haridrakadambaka) or हरिद्रक (haridraka). The wood of the tree is yellow and is still found employed in old buildings. नीपः प्रदी- पायते (nīpaḥ pradī- pāyate) Mṛcchakaṭika 5.14; सीमन्ते च त्वदुपगमजं यत्र नीपं वधूनाम् (sīmante ca tvadupagamajaṃ yatra nīpaṃ vadhūnām) Meghadūta 67; नवनीपाङ्कुरनन्दनीयशोभा (navanīpāṅkuranandanīyaśobhā) Bhār. Ch.

3) A species of Aśoka; a kind of plant (Mar. dupārī); कदम्बवेतसनलनीपवञ्जुलकैर्वृतम् (kadambavetasanalanīpavañjulakairvṛtam) (payaḥ) Bhāgavata 8.2.17.

4) Name of a family of kings; नीपान्वयः पार्थिव एष यज्वा (nīpānvayaḥ pārthiva eṣa yajvā) R.6.46.

-pam The flower of the Kadamba tree; नीपं दृष्ट्वा हरितकपिशं कैसरैरर्धरूढैः (nīpaṃ dṛṣṭvā haritakapiśaṃ kaisarairardharūḍhaiḥ) Me. 21; R.19.37.

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

Nipa (निप).—mn.

(-paḥ-paṃ) A water jar. m.

(-paḥ) The Kadamba tree, (Nauclea cadamba.) E. ni continuative Particle, to drink, affix karaṇe ghañarthe ka .

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Nīpa (नीप).—m.

(-paḥ) 1. The Kadamba tree, (Nauclea Kadamba.) 2. A species of Ixora, (I. bandhuca, Rox.) 3. A sort of Aśoca or Nil Aśoka. 4. The foot of a mountain. E. to obtain, (pleasure.) and pa Unadi aff.; kicca .

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

Nīpa (नीप).—i. e. ni-apa + a, I. adj. Deep, [Kathāsaritsāgara, (ed. Brockhaus.)] 27, 8. Ii. m. 1. The Cadamba tree (Nauclea Cadamba). 2. A prcper name, Mahābhārata 2, 333.

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

Nipa (निप).—1. [masculine] chief, master.

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Nipa (निप).—2. [masculine] water-jar.

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Nīpa (नीप).—[adjective] situated low, deep. —[masculine] [Name] of a tree, [neuter] its blossom & fruit; [masculine] [plural] [Name] of a princely race.

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Nipā (निपा).—drink in, imbibe, absorb.

Nipā is a Sanskrit compound consisting of the terms ni and (पा).

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Nipā (निपा).—protect, shelter from ([ablative]), watch, observe, keep.

Nipā is a Sanskrit compound consisting of the terms ni and (पा).

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

1) Nipa (निप):—[=ni-pa] a See under ni-pā below.

2) Nipā (निपा):—[=ni-pā] a. ni-√1. [Parasmaipada] -pibati, to drink or suck in, kiss, [Kāvya literature];

2) —to absorb, dry up, [Bhāgavata-purāṇa] :—[Causal] -pāyayati, cause to imbibe or suck in [ib. 1.]

3) Nipa (निप):—[=ni-pa] [from ni-pā] b m. a water-jar, Nauclea Cadamba, [cf. Lexicographers, esp. such as amarasiṃha, halāyudha, hemacandra, etc. 1.]

4) Nipā (निपा):—[=ni-pā] b. ni-√2. [Parasmaipada] -pāti, to guard or protect from ([ablative]);

—to observe, watch over, [Ṛg-veda; Atharva-veda] :

—[Causal] -pālayati, to protect, guard, govern, [Monier-Williams’ Sanskrit-English Dictionary 2.]

5) Nipa (निप):—[=ni-pa] [from ni-pā] c mfn. protecting (cf. āke-n), [Ṛg-veda]

6) [v.s. ...] m. a lord, chief, [cf. Lexicographers, esp. such as amarasiṃha, halāyudha, hemacandra, etc.]

7) Nīpa (नीप):—mfn. ([from] ni+ap; cf. dvīpa and, [Pāṇini 6-3, 97 [Scholiast or Commentator]]) situated low, deep, [Kāṭhaka]

8) m. the foot of a mountain, [Mahīdhara]

9) Nauclea Cadamba (n. its fruit and flower, [Meghadūta])

10) Ixora Bandhucca or a species of Aśoka, [cf. Lexicographers, esp. such as amarasiṃha, halāyudha, hemacandra, etc.]

11) Name of a son of Kṛtin and father of Ugrāyudha, [Bhāgavata-purāṇa]

12) [plural] of a regal family descended from Nīpa (son of Pāra), [Mahābhārata; Harivaṃśa] etc.

13) Nīpā (नीपा):—[from nīpa] f. Name of a river, [Viṣṇu-purāṇa]

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

1) Nipa (निप):—[ni-pa] (paḥ-paṃ) 1. m. n. A water-jar. m. The kadamba tree.

2) Nīpa (नीप):—[nī-pa] (paḥ) 1. m. Kadamba tree; a kind of Ixora; Nil Asoca.

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

Nipā (निपा) in the Sanskrit language is related to the Prakrit words: Ṇipā, Ṇīma, Ṇīva.

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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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Prakrit-English dictionary

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

Ṇipā (णिपा) in the Prakrit language is related to the Sanskrit word: Nipā.

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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

Nipa (ನಿಪ):—[noun] a water jar.

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Nīpa (ನೀಪ):—[adjective] situated low; lying at a lower place.

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Nīpa (ನೀಪ):—

1) [noun] the foot of a mountain.

2) [noun] the tree Anthocephalus indicus (= A. cadamba, = Nauclea cadamba) of Rubiaceae family; the cadamba tree.

3) [noun] its flower.

4) [noun] the tree Samadera indica of Simaroubaceae 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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