Tulsi: 6 definitions


Tulsi 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 Tulsi has separate glossary definitions below, it also represents an alternative spelling of the word Tulasi.

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India history and geography

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

Tulsi refers to “It is the plant of basil. It is considered as sacred plant by Hindus”.—It is defined in the glossary attached to the study dealing with Gujarat Folk tales composed by Gujarati poet Jhaverchand Meghani (1896-1947)

Source: Shodhganga: Vernacular architecture of Assam with special reference to Brahmaputra Valley

tulsi is a Bodo term referring to “basil plant”.—It appears in the study dealing with the vernacular architecture (local building construction) of Assam whose rich tradition is backed by the numerous communities and traditional cultures.

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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

Tulsi [तुलसी] in the Hindi language is the name of a plant identified with Ocimum tenuiflorum Ocimum from the Lamiaceae (Mint) family having the following synonyms: Ocimum sanctum. For the possible medicinal usage of tulsi, 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) Tulsi in India is the name of a plant defined with Chenopodium album in various botanical sources. This page contains potential references in Ayurveda, modern medicine, and other folk traditions or local practices It has the synonym Botrys albus Nieuwl. (among others).

2) Tulsi is also identified with Chenopodium hederiforme It has the synonym Atriplex alba Scop. (etc.).

3) Tulsi is also identified with Chenopodium olukondae It has the synonym Chenopodium album L. (etc.).

4) Tulsi is also identified with Ocimum americanum It has the synonym Ocimum africanum Loureiro (etc.).

5) Tulsi is also identified with Ocimum basilicum It has the synonym Plectranthus barrelieri Spreng. (etc.).

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

· Synopsis der Mitteleuropäischen Flora (1913)
· Nova Acta Regiae Societatis Scientiarum Upsaliensis (1815)
· Ludoviciana (2000)
· Systema Vegetabilium, ed. 15 (1820)
· Recent Res. Pl. Sci.. (1979)
· J. Palynol. (1980)

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

Tulsi in Hindi refers in English to:—(nf) the holy basil plant —Ocymum sanctum; —[dala/patra] a basil leaf; —[vana] a basil grove..—tulsi (तुलसी) is alternatively transliterated as Tulasī.

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Nepali dictionary

Source: unoes: Nepali-English Dictionary

Tulsi is another spelling for तुलसी [tulasī].—n. Bot. basil plant;

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Nepali is the primary language of the Nepalese people counting almost 20 million native speakers. The country of Nepal is situated in the Himalaya mountain range to the north of India.

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