Potaka, Poṭaka: 16 definitions


Potaka means something in Hinduism, Sanskrit, Buddhism, Pali, the history of ancient India, Hindi, biology. 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.

Alternative spellings of this word include Potak.

In Hinduism

Purana and Itihasa (epic history)

Source: archive.org: Puranic Encyclopedia

Potaka (पोतक).—A serpent born of the family of Kaśyapa. (Śloka 13, Chapter 103, Udyoga Parva).

Source: JatLand: List of Mahabharata people and places

Potaka (पोतक) is a name mentioned in the Mahābhārata (cf. I.31.7, I.35, V.101.11/V.103) and represents one of the many proper names used for people and places. Note: The Mahābhārata (mentioning Potaka) is a Sanskrit epic poem consisting of 100,000 ślokas (metrical verses) and is over 2000 years old.

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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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India history and geography

Source: Cologne Digital Sanskrit Dictionaries: Indian Epigraphical Glossary

Potaka.—(LP), the government's money-bag. (LP), cf. Gujarātī poluṃ; the amount of revenue of a village sent to the Government treasury. Cf. pottaka. Note: potaka is defined in the “Indian epigraphical glossary” as it can be found on ancient inscriptions commonly written in Sanskrit, Prakrit or Dravidian languages.

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The history of India traces the identification of countries, villages, towns and other regions of India, as well as mythology, zoology, royal dynasties, rulers, tribes, local festivities and traditions and regional languages. Ancient India enjoyed religious freedom and encourages the path of Dharma, a concept common to Buddhism, Hinduism, and Jainism.

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Biology (plants and animals)

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

Potaka in India is the name of a plant defined with Hymenodictyon orixense in various botanical sources. This page contains potential references in Ayurveda, modern medicine, and other folk traditions or local practices It has the synonym Exostema philippicum Schult. (among others).

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

· Species Plantarum (1753)
· Prodromus Systematis Naturalis Regni Vegetabilis (1830)
· Flora de Filipinas, ed. 2 (1845)
· Proceedings, Indian Academy of Sciences. Section B, Biological Sciences (1981)
· Hortus Bengalensis, or ‘a Catalogue of the Plants Growing in the Hounourable East India Company's Botanical Garden at Calcutta’ (1814)
· Fam. Pl. (Adanson) (1763)

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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

potaka : (m.) the young of an animal.

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

Potaka, (-°) (fr. pota1) 1. the young of an animal M. I, 104 (kukkuṭa°); J. I, 202 (supaṇṇa°), 218 (hatthi°); II, 288 (assa° colt); III, 174 (sakuṇa°); PvA. 152 (gaja°).—f. potikā J. I, 207 (haṃsa°); IV, 188 (mūsika°).—2. a small branch, offshoot, twig; in twig; in amba° young mango sprout DhA. III, 206 sq.; araṇi° small firewood Miln. 53. (Page 474)

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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

Poṭaka (पोटक).—A servant.

Derivable forms: poṭakaḥ (पोटकः).

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Potaka (पोतक).—

1) The young of an animal.

2) young plant.

3) The site of a house.

Derivable forms: potakaḥ (पोतकः).

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

Potaka (पोतक).—m.

(-kaḥ) The young of an animal. 2. A young plant. 3. The scite of a house.

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

Potaka (पोतक).—[pota + ka], I. m. 1. The young of any animal, used also of plants, [Rāmāyaṇa] 3, 67, 6; e. g. cūta-, A young mango, [Daśakumāracarita] in Chr. 179, 9. 2. The foundation of a house. Ii. f. tikā and takī, A potherb, Basella lucida. Iii. f. takī, A bird, Turdus macrourus.

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

Poṭaka (पोटक).—[masculine] servant.

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Potaka (पोतक).—[masculine] = [preceding] (—°); [feminine] tikā cloth, garment.

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

1) Poṭaka (पोटक):—[from poṭa] m. a servant, [Kātyāyana-śrauta-sūtra [Scholiast or Commentator]]

2) Potaka (पोतक):—[from pota] m. a young animal or plant (mostly ifc.; cf. pota), [Mahābhārata; Kāvya literature] etc.

3) [v.s. ...] Name of a serpent-demon, [Mahābhārata]

4) [v.s. ...] the site or foundation of a house, [cf. Lexicographers, esp. such as amarasiṃha, halāyudha, hemacandra, etc.] (cf. gṛha-p)

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

Potaka (पोतक) in the Sanskrit language is related to the Prakrit words: Poaya, Poāla.

[Sanskrit to German]

Potaka in German

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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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Hindi dictionary

Source: DDSA: A practical Hindi-English dictionary

Potaka (पोतक) [Also spelled potak]:—(nm) young one of an animal.

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Kannada-English dictionary

Source: Alar: Kannada-English corpus

Pōṭaka (ಪೋಟಕ):—[noun] = ಪೋಟ [pota]1 - 2.

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Pōtaka (ಪೋತಕ):—

1) [noun] = ಪೋತ [pota]2 - 1.

2) [noun] a young plant.

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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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