Nyanku, Nyaṅku: 12 definitions



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In Hinduism

Ayurveda (science of life)

Source: Wisdom Library: Āyurveda and botany

Nyaṅku (न्यङ्कु) is a Sanskrit word referring to the animal “antelope”. The meat of this animal is part of the māṃsavarga (‘group of flesh’), which is used throughout Ayurvedic literature. The animal Nyaṅku is part of the sub-group named Ānupamṛga, refering to animals “who live in marshy land”. It was classified by Caraka in his Carakasaṃhitā sūtrasthāna (chapter 27), a classical Ayurvedic work. Caraka defined such groups (vargas) based on the dietic properties of the substance.

Source: archive.org: Sushruta samhita, Volume I

Nyaṅku (न्यङ्कु)—Sanskrit word for a species of antlered deer. This animal is from the group called Kūlacara (‘shore-dwellers’). Kūlacara itself is a sub-group of the group of animals known as Ānupa (those that frequent marshy places).

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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: Prācyā: Animals and animal products as reflected in Smṛti texts

Nyaṅku (न्यङ्कु) refers to the animal “Swamp deer” (Cervus duvauceli).—The Smṛtis mention several domestic as well as wild animals that are enumerated in context of specifying expiation for killing them, the flesh being used as a dietary article to give satisfaction to the Manes (Pitṛs) in Śrāddha rites, the law of transmigration due to various sins committed as well as in the context of specifying gifts to be given on various occasions. These animals [viz., Nyaṅku] are chiefly mentioned in the Manusmṛti, Parāśarasmṛti [Chap.6], Gautamasmṛti [17.2 and 15.1], Śātātapasmṛti [II.45-54], Uśānasmṛti [IX.7-9; IX.12-13], Yājñavalkyasmṛti [I.170-171; I.175; I.258- 260], Viṣṇusmṛti [51.3;51.6;51.26;51.33;80.3-14], Uttarāṅgirasasmṛti [X.15-17], Prajāpatismṛti [Śrāddhatyājyavastuvarṇanam. 138-143], 9 Kāśyapasmṛti [Section on Prāyaścittavarṇanam], Vṛddha Hārītasmṛti [6.253-255] and Kātyāyanasmṛti [27.11].

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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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Languages of India and abroad

Sanskrit dictionary

Source: DDSA: The practical Sanskrit-English dictionary

Nyaṅku (न्यङ्कु).—

1) A kind of antelope; सद्यो हतन्यङ्कुभिरस्रदिग्धं व्याघ्रैः पदं तेषु निधीयतेऽद्य (sadyo hatanyaṅkubhirasradigdhaṃ vyāghraiḥ padaṃ teṣu nidhīyate'dya) R.16.15.

2) Name of the sage ऋष्यशृङ्ग (ṛṣyaśṛṅga).

3) A student staying with his Guru. Nm.

Derivable forms: nyaṅkuḥ (न्यङ्कुः).

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

Nyaṅku (न्यङ्कु).—name of a cakravartin king: Mahāvyutpatti 3575.

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

Nyaṅku (न्यङ्कु).—m.

(-ṅkuḥ) 1. A deer. 2. The name of a saint or Muni. E. ni always, añc to go, aff. ku.

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

Nyaṅku (न्यङ्कु).— (probably ni-añc + u), n. A kind of antelope.

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

Nyaṅku (न्यङ्कु).—[masculine] a kind of deer.

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

1) Nyaṅku (न्यङ्कु):—[=ny-aṅku] [from ny-añc] m. idem, [Tāṇḍya-brāhmaṇa]

2) [v.s. ...] a deer, an antelope, [Vājasaneyi-saṃhitā; Mahābhārata] etc.

3) [v.s. ...] Name of a Muni and a Cakra-vartin, [cf. Lexicographers, esp. such as amarasiṃha, halāyudha, hemacandra, etc.]

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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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