Shmashru, Śmaśru, Smashru: 9 definitions


Shmashru means something in Hinduism, Sanskrit, Marathi. 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.

The Sanskrit term Śmaśru can be transliterated into English as Smasru or Shmashru, using the IAST transliteration scheme (?).

In Hinduism

Natyashastra (theatrics and dramaturgy)

Source: Natya Shastra

Śmaśru (श्मश्रु, “beard”).—After painting the face and other limbs according to the rules one should provide beard to persons after considering their habitation, profession and religious rites.

The beard (śmaśru) according to the change of conditions of persons should be of four kinds:

  1. white (śuddha),
  2. black (śyāma),
  3. smartly done (vicitra),
  4. bushy (romaśa, lit. hairy).
Natyashastra book cover
context information

Natyashastra (नाट्यशास्त्र, nāṭyaśāstra) refers to both the ancient Indian tradition (śāstra) of performing arts, (nāṭya, e.g., theatrics, drama, dance, music), as well as the name of a Sanskrit work dealing with these subjects. It also teaches the rules for composing dramatic plays (nataka) and poetic works (kavya).

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General definition (in Hinduism)

Source: Vedic index of Names and Subjects

Śmaśru (श्मश्रु) in the Rigveda and later means ‘beard’ and ‘moustache’, being sometimes contrasted with Keśa, ‘hair of the head’. Shaving was known (see Vaptṛ and Kṣura). The wearing of a beard was a sign of manhood according to the Taittirīya-saṃhitā.

Languages of India and abroad

Marathi-English dictionary

Source: DDSA: The Molesworth Marathi and English Dictionary

śmaśru (श्मश्रु).—n f (S) Hair of the chin, lips, and cheeks, viz. the beard, whiskers, and mustaches. 2 f (Popularly.) Shaving.

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smaśru (स्मश्रु).—&c. Common mis-spellings of śmaśāna &c.

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

śmaśru (श्मश्रु).—n f Hair of the chin, lips and cheeks. f Shaving.

context information

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-English dictionary

Source: DDSA: The practical Sanskrit-English dictionary

Śmaśru (श्मश्रु).—n. [śma mukhaṃ śrūyate lakṣyate'nena śru-ṅu; Uṇ.5.28] The beard, moustache; हिरण्यश्मश्रुर्हिरण्यकेशः (hiraṇyaśmaśrurhiraṇyakeśaḥ) Ch. Up.1.6.6; ज्योतिष्कणाहतश्मश्रु कण्ठनालादपातयत् (jyotiṣkaṇāhataśmaśru kaṇṭhanālādapātayat) R.15.52.

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

Śmaśru (श्मश्रु).—n. (-śru) The beard. E. śman for mukha the face, śri to serve, Unadi aff. ḍan, form irr.; or śma puṃmukhaṃ śrūyate lakṣyate'nena śru-ḍu; also śmaśrun .

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

Śmaśru (श्मश्रु).—n. The beard, [Pañcatantra] 182, 10.

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

Śmaśru (श्मश्रु).—[neuter] beard, [especially] moustaches.

context information

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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