Purvam, Pūrvam: 5 definitions


Purvam means something in Hinduism, Sanskrit, biology, Tamil. 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.

Biology (plants and animals)

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

Purvam in India is the name of a plant defined with Gossypium barbadense in various botanical sources. This page contains potential references in Ayurveda, modern medicine, and other folk traditions or local practices It has the synonym Hibiscus barbadensis (L.) Kuntze (among others).

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

· The Flora of British India (1874)
· China Cottons (1984)
· Monadelphiae Classis Dissertationes Decem (1788)
· A General History of the Dichlamydeous Plants (1831)
· The Flora of Jamaica (1837)
· Species Plantarum (1753)

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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

Sanskrit dictionary

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

Pūrvam (पूर्वम्):—[from pūrva] ind. before (also as a [preposition] with [ablative]), formerly, hitherto, previously (sometimes with [present tense]), [Ṛg-veda] etc. etc. (often [in the beginning of a compound] e.g. pūrva-kārin, active before, pūrvokta, said b°; also ifc. in the sense of ‘with’ e.g. prīti-pūrvam, with love; mati-pūrvam with intention, intentionally; mṛdu-pūrva-√bhāṣ, to speak kindly; cf. above; also with an [indeclinable participle] e.g. pūrva-bhojam, or -bhuktvā, having eaten b°, [Pāṇini 3-4, 24]; adya-p, until now, hitherto; p° -tataḥ, first-then; pūrva-paścāt, previously-afterwards; pūrva-upari, previously-subsequently; pūrva-adhūnā or adya, formerly-now)

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

Pūrvam (पूर्वम्) in the Sanskrit language is related to the Prakrit word: Puvvi.

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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

Pūrvaṃ (ಪೂರ್ವಂ):—[adverb] priorly; previously.

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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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Tamil dictionary

Source: DDSA: University of Madras: Tamil Lexicon

Pūrvam (பூர்வம்) < pūrva. noun

1. First, beginning; ஆதி. [athi.]

2. Antiquity, oldness; பழமலையந்தாதிை. [pazhamai.]

3. Priority, precedence; முதன்மை. [muthanmai.] (W.)

4. Former time; முற்காலம். [murkalam.]

5. East; கிழக்கு. [kizhakku.]

6. See பூர்வாகமம். [purvagamam.] (சீவகசிந்தாமணி [sivagasindamani] 1246, உரை. [urai.]) — adverb See பூர்வகம். [purvagam.]

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Tamil is an ancient language of India from the Dravidian family spoken by roughly 250 million people mainly in southern India and Sri Lanka.

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