Plava, Plāva: 12 definitions


Plava 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

Ayurveda (science of life)

Source: Wisdom Library: Āyurveda and botany

1) Plava (प्लव) is a Sanskrit word referring to the animal “pelican”. The meat of this animal is part of the māṃsavarga (‘group of flesh’), which is used throughout Āyurvedic literature. The animal Plava is part of the sub-group named Ambucārin, refering to animals “which move on waters”. It was classified by Caraka in his Carakasaṃhitā sūtrasthāna (chapter 27), a classical Āyurvedic work. Caraka defined such groups (vargas) based on the dietic properties of the substance.

2) Plava (पत्र) is a Sanskrit word referring to either Cyperus rotundus, Cyperus bulbosus or Cyperus esculentus, which are species of plants from the Cyperaceae (sedge) family. It is used throughout Āyurvedic literature such as the Caraka-saṃhitā and the Suśruta-saṃhitā.

Source: Sushruta samhita, Volume I

1) Birds such as

  • the Hansa,
  • Sārasa,
  • Krauncha,
  • Chakravāka,
  • Kurura (belong also to the Prasaha group),
  • Kadāmva,
  • Kārandava,
  • Jivan Jivaka,
  • Vaka,
  • Valākā,
  • Pundarika,
  • Plava,
  • Sarāri-mukha,
  • Nandimukha,
  • Madgu,
  • Utkrosha,
  • Kāchāksha,
  • Mallikāksha,
  • Shuklāksha,
  • Pushkarashāyikā,
  • Konālaka,
  • Amvukukkutikā,
  • Megharāva
  • and Shvetacharana etc.

belong to the Plava family. These birds are found to move about in large flocks.

The flesh of any one of this family is cooling, demulcent, and spermatopoietic and destroys the deranged Vāyu. It proves beneficial in cases of hæmoptysis, is sweet in taste and of digestion, and is possessed of laxative and diuretic properties.

The Plava is a sub-group of the Ānupa group (those that frequent marshy places).

2) Plava (प्लव)—Sanskrit word for a bird “pelican”, “prasevakagala” (sack beneath beak). This animal is from the group called Plava (‘those which float’ or ‘those move about in large flocks’). Plava 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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Purana and Itihasa (epic history)

Source: Cologne Digital Sanskrit Dictionaries: The Purana Index

Plava (प्लव).—Ducks born of Śuci.*

  • * Matsya-purāṇa 6. 32.
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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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Jyotisha (astronomy and astrology)

Source: The effect of Samvatsaras: Satvargas

Plava (प्लव) refers to the thirty-fifth saṃvatsara (“jovian year)” in Vedic astrology.—The native who is born in the ‘samvatsara’ of ‘plava’ is extremely voluptuous (has excessive sexual desire), wealthy, gets respect due to his being serviceable, defeated by his wife, contented, keeps his thoughts secret, and is of restless nature.

According with Jataka Parijata, the person born in the year plava (2021-2022 AD) will be tranquil, generous, compassionate, brave and devoted to his own duties.

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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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Languages of India and abroad

Pali-English dictionary

Source: BuddhaSasana: Concise Pali-English Dictionary

plava : (m.) floating; a raft.

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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

plava (प्लव).—m S A canoe or little boat gen.

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

plava (प्लव).—m A canoe or little boat gen.

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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

Plava (प्लव).—a. [plu ac]

1) Swimming, floating.

2) Jumping, leaping.

3) Ved. Superior, excellent.

-vaḥ Swimming, floating.

2) Flood, swelling of a river.

3) A jump, leap; going by leaps or jumps; ते रथैर्देवधिष्ण्याभैर्हयैश्च तरल- प्लवैः (te rathairdevadhiṣṇyābhairhayaiśca tarala- plavaiḥ) Bhāg.1.82.7.

4) A raft, float, canoe, small boat; नावश्चारुरुहुस्त्वन्ये प्लवैस्तेरुस्तथापरे (nāvaścāruruhustvanye plavaisterustathāpare) Rām.2.89.2 (com. plavā veṇutṛṇādinirmitāḥ); नाशयेच्च शनैः पश्चात् प्लवं सलिलपूरवत् (nāśayecca śanaiḥ paścāt plavaṃ salilapūravat) Pt. 2.42; सर्वं ज्ञानप्लवेनैव वृजिनं संतरिष्यसि (sarvaṃ jñānaplavenaiva vṛjinaṃ saṃtariṣyasi) Bg.4.36; Ms.4.194; 11.19; Ve.3.25.

5) A frog; हंसक्रौञ्चप्लवाकीर्णं सारसैः संप्रसादितम् (haṃsakrauñcaplavākīrṇaṃ sārasaiḥ saṃprasāditam) Rām.3.35.18.

6) A monkey; दधि हृत्वा बक- श्चापि प्लवो मत्स्यानसंस्कृतान् (dadhi hṛtvā baka- ścāpi plavo matsyānasaṃskṛtān) Mb.13.111.99.

7) A declivity, slope.

8) An enemy.

9) A sheep.

1) A man of a low tribe, a Chāṇḍāla.

11) A net or snare for catching fish.

12) The fig-tree.

13) The Kāraṇḍava bird, a kind of duck.

14) Five or more stanzas syntactically connected (= kulaka q. v.).

15) The prolated utterance of a vowel.

16) Returning, return.

17) Urging on, inciting.

18) Sound; L. D. B.

19) A kind of aquatic bird; Ms.5.12.

2) Name of a संवत्सर (saṃvatsara).

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Plāva (प्लाव).—[plu-ghañ]

1) Flowing over.

2) Jumping, leaping, क्वचिच्च दर्दुरप्लावैर्विविधैरुपहासकैः (kvacicca darduraplāvairvividhairupahāsakaiḥ) Bhāg.1.18.15.

3) Filling to, overflowing.

4) Straining a liquid (to remove impurities &c.); भस्माद्भिः कांस्यलोहानां शुद्धिः प्लावो द्रवस्य तु (bhasmādbhiḥ kāṃsyalohānāṃ śuddhiḥ plāvo dravasya tu) Y.1.19. (see Mitā. thereon).

5) Submersion.

Derivable forms: plāvaḥ (प्लावः).

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

Plava (प्लव).—mfn.

(-vaḥ-vā-vaṃ) Who or what goes by leaps or jumps, leaping, justing, a tumbler. m.

(-vaḥ) 1. Jumping, leaping, plunging, going by leaps or plunges. 2. Swimming, floating, diving. 3. A raft, a float. 4. A frog. 5. A monkey. 6. A sheep. 7. A diver, or bird so called, (Pelicanus fusicollis.) 8. A sort of duck. 9. A man of a low or degraded tribe. 10. Waved-leaf fig-tree, (Ficus infectoria.) 11. The continuous protracted accent, the lengthened sound of vowels in poetry or the Vedas. 12. Protracting a sentence through several stanzas. 13. A declivity or shelving ground. 14. A piece of water. 15. A sort of basket or snare of basket-work for catching fish. 16. An enemy. 17. Sending, directing. n.

(-vaṃ) 1. A sort of grass, (Cyperus rotundus.) 2. Fragrant grass in general, or another sort E. plu to go, aff. ac .

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Plāva (प्लाव).—m.

(-vaḥ) 1. Submersion. 2. Filling a vessel till it runs over. 3. Jumping. 4. Filtering. E. plu to go, causal v., ghañ aff.; also with lyuṭ, plāvanaṃ .

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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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