Puccha, Pucchā: 17 definitions

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Puccha means something in Hinduism, Sanskrit, Buddhism, Pali, Marathi, Jainism, Prakrit, Hindi. 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 Puchchha.

In Hinduism

Jyotisha (astronomy and astrology)

Source: Wisdom Library: Brihat Samhita by Varahamihira

Puccha (पुच्छ) refers to the “tail” (of Rāhu), according to the Bṛhatsaṃhitā (chapter 5), an encyclopedic Sanskrit work written by Varāhamihira mainly focusing on the science of ancient Indian astronomy astronomy (Jyotiṣa).—Accordingly, “Some say that Rāhu, the asura, though his head was cut, dies not but lives in the shape of a planet having tasted of ambrosia. That he has a disc like the sun and moon and as that disc is black it is invisible when in the sky except on the occasion of eclipses in virtue of a boon from Brahmā. Others say that he resembles a serpent in shape with his head severed from his tail [i.e., puccha]; a few that he is bodiless, that he is mere darkness and that he is the son of Siṃhikā. [...]”.

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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

puccha : (nt.) tail. || pucchā (f.) a question.

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

Puccha, (nt.) (cp. Vedic puccha (belonging with punar to Lat. puppis) & P. piccha) a tail DhsA. 365 (dog’s tail). See puñcikata. (Page 463)

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Pucchā, (f.) (cp. Class. Sk. pṛcchā=Ohg. forsca question) a question Sn. 1023; SnA 46, 200, 230. A system of questions (“questionnaire”) is given in the Niddesa (and Commentaries), consisting of 12 groups of three questions each. In full at Nd1 339, 340=Nd2 under pucchā (p. 208). The first group comprises the three adiṭṭha-jotanā pucchā, diṭṭha-sa ‘sandanā p. , vimaticchedanā p. These three with addition of anumati p. and kathetu-kamyatā p. also at DA. I, 68=DhsA. 55. The complete list is referred to at SnA 159.—apuccha (adj.) that which is not a question, i.e. that which should not be asked Miln. 316.—puccha-vissajjanā question and answer PvA. 2.—At Nett 18 p. occurs as quâsi synonym of icchā and patthanā. (Page 463)

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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

puccha (पुच्छ).—n (S) A tail. puccha phuṭaṇēṃ-vāḍhaṇēṃ-lāmbaṇēṃ To be extended or enlarged beyond the original computation--a business, expenses, labor.

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

puccha (पुच्छ).—n A tail. puccha phuṭaṇēṃ-vāḍhaṇēṃ-lāmbaṇēṃ To be extended beyond the original computation-business, expenses, labour.

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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 dictionary

Source: DDSA: The practical Sanskrit-English dictionary

Puccha (पुच्छ).—

1) A tail in general; पश्चात् पुच्छं वहति विपुलम् (paścāt pucchaṃ vahati vipulam) U.4.27.

2) A hairy tail.

3) A peacock's tail.

4) The hinder part.

5) The end of anything.

Derivable forms: pucchaḥ (पुच्छः), puccham (पुच्छम्).

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

Puccha (पुच्छ).—mn.

(-cchaḥ-cchaṃ) 1. A tail, the tail, the hinder part. 2. A horse’s tail. 3. The tail of the peacock. 4. Any hairy tail. 5. The end of anything. E. puccha to be careless, ac aff.

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

Puccha (पुच्छ).—m. and n. 1. A tail, [Draupadīpramātha] 5, 8. 2. The hinder part, Mahābhārata 7, 206.

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

Puccha (पुच्छ).—[masculine] [neuter] tail; poss. vant†.

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

1) Puccha (पुच्छ):—mn. (ifc. f(ā or ī). cf. [Pāṇini 4-1, 55], [vArttika] 1-3) a tail, the hinder part, [Atharva-veda] etc. etc.

2) last or extreme end (as of a year), [Śāṅkhāyana-brāhmaṇa]

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

Puccha (पुच्छ):—[(cchaḥ-cchaṃ)] 1. m. n. A tail.

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

Puccha (पुच्छ) in the Sanskrit language is related to the Prakrit word: Puṃcha.

[Sanskrit to German]

Puccha 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

Puccha (पुच्छ) [Also spelled puchchh]:—(nm) a tail, tail-like structure; rear, hind part.

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Prakrit-English dictionary

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

1) Puccha (पुच्छ) in the Prakrit language is related to the Sanskrit word: Pracch.

2) Pucchā (पुच्छा) also relates to the Sanskrit word: Pṛcchā.

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Prakrit is an ancient language closely associated with both Pali and Sanskrit. Jain literature is often composed in this language or sub-dialects, such as the Agamas and their commentaries which are written in Ardhamagadhi and Maharashtri Prakrit. The earliest extant texts can be dated to as early as the 4th century BCE although core portions might be older.

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Kannada-English dictionary

Source: Alar: Kannada-English corpus

Puccha (ಪುಚ್ಛ):—

1) [noun] = ಪುಕ್ಕ [pukka]3.

2) [noun] the distinct flexible appendage to the rear end of the body of a few types of animals as dog, tiger, elephant; a tail.

3) [noun] the rear portion of anything.

4) [noun] the end or terminating portion (in the rear portion).

5) [noun] anything appended; adjunct.

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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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