Tilak: 4 definitions


Tilak means something in the history of ancient India, 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.

Ambiguity: Although Tilak has separate glossary definitions below, it also represents an alternative spelling of the word Tilaka.

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India history and geography

Source: Shodhganga: A translation of Jhaverchand Meghanis non translated folk tales

Tilak refers to “A mark made with kumkum/ kesar/ chandan on forehead during auspicious time”.—It is defined in the glossary attached to the study dealing with Gujarat Folk tales composed by Gujarati poet Jhaverchand Meghani (1896-1947)

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The history of India traces the identification of countries, villages, towns and other regions of India, as well as mythology, zoology, royal dynasties, rulers, tribes, local festivities and traditions and regional languages. Ancient India enjoyed religious freedom and encourages the path of Dharma, a concept common to Buddhism, Hinduism, and Jainism.

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Biology (plants and animals)

Source: Wisdom Library: Local Names of Plants and Drugs

Tilak in the Hindi language is the name of a plant identified with Wikstroemia canescens Wall. ex Meisn. from the Thymelaeaceae (Daphne) family having the following synonyms: Daphne canescens, Daphne sericea, Diplomorpha canescens. For the possible medicinal usage of tilak, you can check this page for potential sources and references, although be aware that any some or none of the side-effects may not be mentioned here, wether they be harmful or beneficial to health.

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

1) Tilak in India is the name of a plant defined with Saccharum bengalense in various botanical sources. This page contains potential references in Ayurveda, modern medicine, and other folk traditions or local practices It has the synonym see André Michaux, Flora Boreali-Americana. 1: 54. Paris 1803. (among others).

2) Tilak is also identified with Saccharum officinarum It has the synonym Saccharum officinarum var. genuinum Hack. (etc.).

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

· Mantissa Plantarum (1771)
· Pl. Corom. (1819)
· USDA Handb. (1958)
· Berberides Americae Australis (1857)
· Cytologia (1989)
· Contributions from the United States National Herbarium (2003)

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

Hindi dictionary

Source: DDSA: A practical Hindi-English dictionary

Tilak in Hindi refers in English to:—(nm) an ornamental or religious mark over the forehead (signifying installation on the throne or engagement etc.); a vermilion or sandal mark (over the forehead); the most eminent member (of a class, clan, dynasty, etc. as [raghukulatilaka]); commentary (of a text)..—tilak (तिलक) is alternatively transliterated as Tilaka.

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