Pancashakha, Pañcaśākha, Pancan-shakha: 4 definitions


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The Sanskrit term Pañcaśākha can be transliterated into English as Pancasakha or Pancashakha, using the IAST transliteration scheme (?).

Alternative spellings of this word include Panchashakha.

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Sanskrit-English dictionary

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Source: DDSA: The practical Sanskrit-English dictionary

Pañcaśākha (पञ्चशाख).—

1) the hand; स्वशिरः पश्चशाखाभ्यामभिहत्यायतेक्षणा (svaśiraḥ paścaśākhābhyāmabhihatyāyatekṣaṇā) Mb.11.17.3; कदापि नो मुञ्चति पञ्चशाखः (kadāpi no muñcati pañcaśākhaḥ) (nārāyaṇasya) Rām. Ch.1.9; स्फूर्जद्रत्नाङ्गुलीयद्युतिशबलनखद्योतिभिः पञ्चशाखैः (sphūrjadratnāṅgulīyadyutiśabalanakhadyotibhiḥ pañcaśākhaiḥ) Śiva B.3.49.

2) an elephant.

Derivable forms: pañcaśākhaḥ (पञ्चशाखः).

Pañcaśākha is a Sanskrit compound consisting of the terms pañcan and śākha (शाख).

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

Pañcaśākha (पञ्चशाख).—m.

(-khaḥ) 1. The hand. 2. An elephant. E. pañca five, śākhā a branch, the five-fingered.

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

1) Pañcaśākha (पञ्चशाख):—[=pañca-śākha] [from pañca] mfn. 5-branched, 5-fingered, [Rāmāyaṇa]

2) [v.s. ...] m. the hand, [Dhūrtanartaka]

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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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