Potaki, Potakī, Poṭaki: 8 definitions

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Potaki means something in Hinduism, Sanskrit, Buddhism, Pali, 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.

In Hinduism

Rasashastra (chemistry and alchemy)

Source: Wisdom Library: Rasa-śāstra

Potakī (पोतकी):—One of the sixty-eight Rasauṣadhi, very powerful drugs known to be useful in alchemical processes related to mercury (rasa), according to Rasaprakāśa-sudhākara (chapter 9).

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Rasashastra (रसशास्त्र, rasaśāstra) is an important branch of Ayurveda, specialising in chemical interactions with herbs, metals and minerals. Some texts combine yogic and tantric practices with various alchemical operations. The ultimate goal of Rasashastra is not only to preserve and prolong life, but also to bestow wealth upon humankind.

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Ayurveda (science of life)

Source: Wisdom Library: Local Names of Plants and Drugs

Potaki [ಪೋತಕಿ] in the Kannada language is the name of a plant identified with Basella alba L. from the Basellaceae (Basella) family having the following synonyms: Basella rubra, Basella lucida, Basella nigra, Basella volubilis. For the possible medicinal usage of potaki, you can check this page for potential sources and references, although be aware that any some or none of the side-effects may not be mentioned here, wether they be harmful or beneficial to health.

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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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Languages of India and abroad

Pali-English dictionary

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

Poṭaki, (°ī?) (m. f. ?) (etym. uncertain, prob. Non-Aryan) a kind of grass, in °tūla a kind of cotton, “grass-tuft, ” thistle-down (?) Vin. II, 150; IV, 170 (id. , 3 kinds of cotton, spelt potaki here). Poṭakila (etym. unknown, cp. poṭaki & (lexic.) Sk. poṭagala a kind of reed; the variant is poṭagala) a kind of grass, Saccharum spontaneum Th. 1, 27=233; J. VI, 508 (=p. °-tiṇaṃ nāma C.). (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: Cologne Digital Sanskrit Dictionaries: Shabda-Sagara Sanskrit-English Dictionary

Potakī (पोतकी).—f. (-kī) A potherb, (Basella lucida.) E. pūta nominal verb, from pūta a stench, vuñ aff. ṅīp fem. aff.

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

Potakī (पोतकी):—[from potaka > pota] f. Turdus Macrourus or Basella Lucida, [cf. Lexicographers, esp. such as amarasiṃha, halāyudha, hemacandra, etc.]

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

Potakī (पोतकी):—(kī) 3. f. A potherb.

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

Potākī (पोताकी) in the Sanskrit language is related to the Prakrit word: Poāī.

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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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Kannada-English dictionary

Source: Alar: Kannada-English corpus

Pōtaki (ಪೋತಕಿ):—[noun] the plant Basella rubra of Basellaceae family.

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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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