Suphala, Suphalā, Su-phala: 9 definitions


Suphala 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.

In Hinduism

Ayurveda (science of life)

Source: Wisdom Library: Āyurveda and botany

Suphalā (सुफला) is another name (synonym) for Kūṣmāṇḍa, which is a Sanskrit name for the plant Benincasa hispida (ash gourd). This synonym was identified by Narahari in his 13th-century Rājanighaṇṭu (verse 7.160), which is an Āyurvedic medicinal thesaurus. Certain plant parts of Kūṣmāṇḍa are eaten as a vegetable (śāka), and it is therefore part of the Śākavarga group of medicinal plants, referring to the “group of vegetables/pot-herbs”.

Source: WorldCat: Rāj nighaṇṭu

Suphalā (सुफला) is another name for Indravāruṇī, a medicinal plant identified with Citrullus colocynthis (colocynth, bitter apple or desert gourd) from the Cucurbitaceae or “gourd family” of flowering plants, according to verse 3.70-72 of the 13th-century Raj Nighantu or Rājanighaṇṭu. The third chapter (guḍūcyādi-varga) of this book contains climbers and creepers (vīrudh). Together with the names Suphalā and Indravāruṇī, there are a total of twenty-nine Sanskrit synonyms identified for this plant.

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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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Languages of India and abroad

Marathi-English dictionary

Source: DDSA: The Molesworth Marathi and English Dictionary

suphala (सुफल).—n The notch of an arrow, of a needle &c.

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suphala (सुफल).—a (S) pop. suphaḷa a That bears good fruit, or that has borne good fruit--a tree: also that has proved gainful, productive, profitable, advantageous--a business or an act. 3 Efficacious, effectual, successful, availing--any application, operation, or measure.

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

suphala (सुफल) [-ḷa, -ळ].—a That bears good fruit. Efficacious.

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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-English dictionary

Source: DDSA: The practical Sanskrit-English dictionary

Suphala (सुफल).—a.

1) very fruitful, very productive.

2) very fertile. (-laḥ) 1 the pomegranate tree.

2) the jujube.

3) the Karṇikāra tree.

4) a kind of bean. (-) 1 a pumpkin, gourd.

2) the plantain tree.

3) a variety of brown grape.

4) colocynth.

Suphala is a Sanskrit compound consisting of the terms su and phala (फल).

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

Suphala (सुफल).—mfn.

(-laḥ-lā-laṃ) Bearing good fruit, (literally or figuratively.) m.

(-laḥ) 1. The wood apple, (Feronia elephantium.) 2. The pomegranate. 3. Jujube. 4. A sort of bean, (Phaseolus Mungo.) f.

(-lā) 1. Colocynth. 2. A pumpkin-gourd. 3. The plantain. 4. The brown grape. E. su good, phala fruit.

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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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