Tantu; 9 Definition(s)


Tantu means something in Hinduism, Sanskrit, Buddhism, Pali, 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

Purana and Itihasa (epic history)

Tantu (तन्तु).—A Brahmavādī son of Viśvāmitra. (Chapter 4, Anuśāsana Parva).

Source: archive.org: Puranic Encyclopaedia

Tantu (तन्तु) is a name mentioned in the Mahābhārata (cf. XIII.4.54, XIII.4) and represents one of the many proper names used for people and places. Note: The Mahābhārata (mentioning Tantu) is a Sanskrit epic poem consisting of 100,000 ślokas (metrical verses) and is over 2000 years old.

Source: JatLand: List of Mahabharata people and places
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The Purana (पुराण, purāṇas) refers to Sanskrit literature preserving ancient India’s vast cultural history, including historical legends, religious ceremonies, various arts and sciences. The eighteen mahapuranas total over 400,000 shlokas (metrical couplets) and date to at least several centuries BCE.

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General definition (in Hinduism)

Tantu (तन्तु) appears properly to mean ‘thread’, and in particular the ‘warp’ of a piece of weaving, as opposed to Otu, the ‘woof’. Both senses are found in the Atharvaveda. In the Śatapatha-brāhmaṇa the ‘warp’ is called anuchāda, the ‘woof’ paryāsa, the tantavaḥ being the ‘threads.’ In the Taittirīya-saṃhitā, on the other hand, the ‘warp’ is prācīna-tāna, the ‘woof’ otu.

Source: archive.org: Vedic index of Names and Subjects

Languages of India and abroad

Pali-English dictionary

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tantu : (m.) string; cord; thread.

Source: BuddhaSasana: Concise Pali-English Dictionary

Tantu, (Vedic tantu, cp. tanta) a string, cord, wire (of a lute) J. V, 196. (Page 296)

Source: Sutta: The Pali Text Society's Pali-English Dictionary
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Pali is the language of the Tipiṭaka, which is the sacred canon of Theravāda Buddhism and contains much of the Buddha’s speech. Closeley related to Sanskrit, both languages are used interchangeably between religions.

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Marathi-English dictionary

ṭāṇṭū (टांटू).—n (Imit.) Crepitus ventris. 2 Used as ad. See ṭhāṇṭhū.

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tantu (तंतु).—m (S) A thread or string; and, freely, a chord, a wire, a strip (as of leather, bark, gut), a fibre, filament, capillament, a tendril, a thread-like worm &c. 2 fig. Connection, tie, string of dependence. v lāga. 3 A term for the only surviving male of a race. 4 S Offspring, progeny, race.

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tantū (तंतू).—m (tantu S) A long thread-like creature, or having long antennæ and numerous arms. It is found in the yamunā, narmadā and other rivers, and in tanks, and is said to entangle swimmers and draw them under water.

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tāntū (तांतू).—m (tantu S) A thread, line, string; and, freely, a wire, a strip or slip (as of leather or gut), a fibre, filament, capillament. 2 A seventeen-joint slip of dūrvā or bent grass, with its root, offered to dēvī annually during the first five years after the marriage of a girl.

Source: DDSA: The Molesworth Marathi and English Dictionary

tantu (तंतु).—m A thread; a fibre.

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tāntū (तांतू).—m A thread, line; a fibre, wire.

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

Tantu (तन्तु).—[tan-tun]

1) A thread, cord, wire, string, line; चिन्तासंततितन्तु (cintāsaṃtatitantu) Māl.5.1; Me.7.

2) A cob-web R.16.2.

3) filament; विसतन्तुगुणस्य कारितम् (visatantuguṇasya kāritam) Ku.4. 29.

4) An offspring, issue, race; स्वमाययाऽवृणोद्गर्भं वैराट्याः कुरुतन्तवे (svamāyayā'vṛṇodgarbhaṃ vairāṭyāḥ kurutantave) Bhāg.1.8.14; Mb.6.43.98.

5) A shark.

6) The Supreme Being; Bhāg.8.16.31.

7) A snare, fetter (pāśa); ते तानावारयिष्यन्ति ऐणेयानिव तन्तुना (te tānāvārayiṣyanti aiṇeyāniva tantunā) Mb.5. 57.41.

Derivable forms: tantuḥ (तन्तुः).

Source: DDSA: The practical Sanskrit-English dictionary

Tantu (तन्तु).—m.

(-ntuḥ) 1. A thread. 2. A shark. 3. Offspring, race, descendants. E. tan to spread or stretch, Unadi affix tun.

Source: Cologne Digital Sanskrit Dictionaries: Shabda-Sagara 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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