Phena, aka: Pheṇa; 8 Definition(s)


Phena 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.

In Hinduism

Natyashastra (theatrics and dramaturgy)

Phena (फेन, “froth in the mouth”) represents the fifth stage of the action of poison (viṣa) after drinking it, according to the Nāṭyaśāstra chapter 26. In a dramatic play, the representation of death from drinking poison is displayed by throwing out of hands and feet and other limbs. The power of the poison will lead to the quivering action of the different parts of the body.

Phena according to the Nāṭyaśāstra: “hiccup (hikkā) should be represented by repeated blinking of eyes, belching, vomiting, convulsion (ākṣepa), and uttering of indistinct words”.

Source: Wisdom Library: Nāṭya-śāstra
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Natyashastra (नाट्यशास्त्र, nāṭyaśāstra) refers to both the ancient Indian tradition (śāstra) of performing arts, (nāṭya, e.g., theatrics, drama, dance, music), as well as the name of a Sanskrit work dealing with these subjects. It also teaches the rules for composing dramatic plays (nataka) and poetic works (kavya).

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Purana and Itihasa (epic history)

Phena (फेन).—A King of the race of Uśīnara. His son was Sutapas and his grandson Auśīnara. (Harivaṃ{??}a, 1, 31, 32).

Source: Puranic Encyclopaedia
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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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Languages of India and abroad

Pali-English dictionary

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pheṇa : (nt.) foam; scum; froth.

Source: BuddhaSasana: Concise Pali-English Dictionary

Pheṇa, (cp. Vedic phena, with *ph fr. sp°, connected with Lat. spūma, scum, Ags. fām=Ger. feim=E. foam) scum, foam, froth, only in cpds. viz. : —uddehakaṃ (adv.) (paccamāna, boiling) with scum on top, throwing up foam M. III, 167; A. I, 141; Nd2 304III C; J. III, 46; Miln. 357.—paṭala a film of scum Vism. 359; VbhA. 65.—piṇḍa a lump or heap of foam S. III, 140 sq. =Vism. 479 (in simile of rūpa); Nd2 680 AII; Vism. 40 (in comp); VbhA. 32 sq. bubbuḷaka a bubble of scum Vism. 171, 259, 345; VbhA. 242.—mālā a wreath or garland of scum Miln. 117.—mālin with a wreath of scum Miln. 260.—missa mixed with froth Vism. 263.—vaṇṇa colour of scum Vism. 263. (Page 480)

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

phēṇa (फेण).—m (phēna S) Froth, foam, spume.

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phēna (फेन).—m (S) Froth, foam, spume.

Source: DDSA: The Molesworth Marathi and English Dictionary

phēṇa (फेण).—m Froth, foam.

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phēna (फेन).—m Froth, foam.

Source: DDSA: The Aryabhusan school dictionary, Marathi-English
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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

Pheṇa (फेण) or Phena (फेन).—

1) Foam, froth; गौरीवक्त्रभ्रुकुटिरचनां या विहस्येव फेनैः (gaurīvaktrabhrukuṭiracanāṃ yā vihasyeva phenaiḥ) Me.52; R.13.11; Ms.2.61; फेणैर्जलानामसुरस्य मूर्ध्नः (pheṇairjalānāmasurasya mūrdhnaḥ) Bk.12.58.

2) Foam of the mouth.

3) Saliva.

4) White cuttle-fish bone.

Derivable forms: pheṇaḥ (फेणः), phenaḥ (फेनः).

Source: DDSA: The practical Sanskrit-English dictionary

Phena (फेन).—m.

(-naḥ) 1. Froth, foam. 2. Cuttle-fish-bone, supposed to be the indurated foam of the sea. 3. Vapour. E. sphāyī to swell, nak Unadi aff., deriv. irr.

Phena can also be spelled as Pheṇa (फेण).

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