Salai, Saḷaī, Salaī: 5 definitions


Salai means something in Hinduism, Sanskrit, Marathi, Hindi, 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.

Biology (plants and animals)

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

1) Salai in India is the name of a plant defined with Boswellia serrata in various botanical sources. This page contains potential references in Ayurveda, modern medicine, and other folk traditions or local practices It has the synonym Boswellia thurifera Roxb. ex Flem. (among others).

2) Salai in Philippines is also identified with Zanthoxylum avicennae It has the synonym Zanthoxylum avicennae var. touranense Pierre (etc.).

3) Salai is also identified with Zanthoxylum rhetsa It has the synonym Fagara piperita Blanco (etc.).

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

· Encyclopédie Méthodique, Botanique (1788)
· Journal of Natural Products (1979)
· Taxon (1979)
· Phytochem. Anal. (2001)
· FBI (1875)
· European Journal of Herbal Medicine (1998)

If you are looking for specific details regarding Salai, for example diet and recipes, extract dosage, health benefits, side effects, pregnancy safety, chemical composition, 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

Marathi-English dictionary

Source: DDSA: The Molesworth Marathi and English Dictionary

saḷaī (सळई).—f (śalākā S through H) A needle or piece of wire for tingeing the eyelids with a collyrium, a bougie: also a pin, spike, skewer, pricker generally (of bamboo or metal). 2 The staff of a pestle or pounder,--the beam without its iron ring or cap. 3 A stripe of the silk cloth called mugaṭā. 4 The quantity, viz. a bundle, a single fruit, a log &c. (as of kaḍabā, hay, fruits, firewood) taken out from the mass in counting or weighing it, and set aside on the completion of each act of counting or weighing, marking that act, and thus serving to show, on the completion of the work, the total number of measurements and the aggregate quantity measured. This we should call marker, tally. It is usually thrown in to the quantity thus determined, and given over to the purchaser.

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sāḷaī (साळई).—f (sallakī or śalya S) A porcupine.

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

saḷaī (सळई).—f A pin, spike, skewer. The staff of a pestle.

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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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Hindi dictionary

Source: DDSA: A practical Hindi-English dictionary

Salāī (सलाई):—(nf) a knitting needle, needle; thin wire; stick.

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