Raktashirshaka, aka: Raktaśīrṣaka, Rakta-shirshaka; 2 Definition(s)


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The Sanskrit term Raktaśīrṣaka can be transliterated into English as Raktasirsaka or Raktashirshaka, using the IAST transliteration scheme (?).

In Hinduism

Ayurveda (science of life)

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Raktaśīrṣaka (रक्तशीर्षक) is a Sanskrit word referring to the ‘sarada crane’ with a red head. The meat of this animal is part of the māṃsavarga (‘group of flesh’), which is used throughout Āyurvedic literature. The animal Raktaśīrṣaka is part of the sub-group named Ambucārin, refering to animals “which move on waters”. It was classified by Caraka in his Carakasaṃhitā sūtrasthāna (chapter 27), a classical Āyurvedic work. Caraka defined such groups (vargas) based on the dietic properties of the substance.

Source: Wisdom Library: Āyurveda and botany
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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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Raktaśīrṣaka (रक्तशीर्षक).—a kind of heron.

Derivable forms: raktaśīrṣakaḥ (रक्तशीर्षकः).

Raktaśīrṣaka is a Sanskrit compound consisting of the terms rakta and śīrṣaka (शीर्षक).

Source: DDSA: The practical Sanskrit-English dictionary
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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. 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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