Trikantaka, Trikaṇṭaka, Tri-kantaka: 7 definitions



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In Hinduism

Purana and Itihasa (epic history)

[«previous next»] — Trikantaka in Purana glossary
Source: Cologne Digital Sanskrit Dictionaries: The Purana Index

Trikaṇṭaka (त्रिकण्टक).—(Trikarṇaka ?) a commander of Bhaṇḍa to aid Viṣaṅga;1 was killed by Jvālā mālinikā.2

  • 1) Brahmāṇḍa-purāṇa IV. 25. 29.
  • 2) Ib. IV. 25. 98.
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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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Ayurveda (science of life)

[«previous next»] — Trikantaka in Ayurveda glossary
Source: WorldCat: Rāj nighaṇṭu

Trikaṇṭaka (त्रिकण्टक) is another name for Kṣudragokṣura, a medicinal plant related with Gokṣura (Tribulus terrestris Linn.), according to verse 4.40-43 of the 13th-century Raj Nighantu or Rājanighaṇṭu. Note: Gokṣura is of two kinds i.e. with smaller and bigger fruits. Both these species have more than three spikes. The fourth chapter (śatāhvādi-varga) of this book enumerates eighty varieties of small plants (pṛthu-kṣupa). Together with the names Trikaṇṭaka and Kṣudragokṣura, there are a total of sixteen 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

Sanskrit dictionary

[«previous next»] — Trikantaka in Sanskrit glossary
Source: DDSA: The practical Sanskrit-English dictionary

Trikaṇṭaka (त्रिकण्टक).—a kind of fish.

Derivable forms: trikaṇṭakaḥ (त्रिकण्टकः).

Trikaṇṭaka is a Sanskrit compound consisting of the terms tri and kaṇṭaka (कण्टक). See also (synonyms): trikaṇṭa.

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

Trikaṇṭaka (त्रिकण्टक).—m.

(-kaḥ) A sort of fish, (Silurus.) 2. A plant: see the preceding. E. kan added to trikaṇṭa.

Source: Cologne Digital Sanskrit Dictionaries: Monier-Williams Sanskrit-English Dictionary

1) Trikaṇṭaka (त्रिकण्टक):—[=tri-kaṇṭaka] [from tri] m. ([gana] rajatādi) ‘three-thorn’, = -kaṭa, [Suśruta]

2) [v.s. ...] Name of a venomous insect, [v, 8]

3) [v.s. ...] Name of a fish (Silurus), [cf. Lexicographers, esp. such as amarasiṃha, halāyudha, hemacandra, etc.]

4) [v.s. ...] a kind of weapon, [Rāmāyaṇa iii, 28, 25.]

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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 (even English!). 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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