Potaki, Potakī, Poṭaki: 9 definitions


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

Ayurveda (science of life)

Rasashastra (Alchemy and Herbo-Mineral preparations)

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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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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Biology (plants and animals)

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.

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

Potaki in India is the name of a plant defined with Pterocarpus marsupium in various botanical sources. This page contains potential references in Ayurveda, modern medicine, and other folk traditions or local practices It has the synonym Pterocarpus marsupium fo. biloba (Roxb. ex G. Don) Prain (among others).

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

· Ethnobotany (2004)
· Journal of the Asiatic Society of Bengal.
· Plants of the Coast of Coromandel (1799)
· Revisio Generum Plantarum (1891)
· Journal of Cytology and Genetics (1990)
· Taxon (1980)

If you are looking for specific details regarding Potaki, for example chemical composition, pregnancy safety, diet and recipes, extract dosage, side effects, health benefits, have a look at these references.

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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: 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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