Ushara, Usara, Ūsara, Ūṣara: 20 definitions



Ushara means something in Hinduism, Sanskrit, Buddhism, Pali, the history of ancient India, Marathi, Jainism, Prakrit, Hindi. 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.

The Sanskrit term Ūṣara can be transliterated into English as Usara or Ushara, using the IAST transliteration scheme (?).

In Hinduism

Dharmashastra (religious law)

Source: Google Books: Manusmṛti with the Manubhāṣya

‘Ūṣara’—stands for that plot of land where, on account of the defects in the soil, seeds do not sprout. (see the Manubhāṣya, II.112)

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Dharmashastra (धर्मशास्त्र, dharmaśāstra) contains the instructions (shastra) regarding religious conduct of livelihood (dharma), ceremonies, jurisprudence (study of law) and more. It is categorized as smriti, an important and authoritative selection of books dealing with the Hindu lifestyle.

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Ayurveda (science of life)

Source: Wisdom Library: Raj Nighantu

Ūṣara (ऊषर) refers to “saline soil” (a barren wasteland) as defined in the second chapter (dharaṇyādi-varga) of the 13th-century Raj Nighantu or Rājanighaṇṭu (an Ayurvedic encyclopedia). The Dharaṇyādi-varga covers the lands, soil [viz., Ūṣara], mountains, jungles and vegetation’s relations between trees and plants and substances, with their various kinds.

Source: Knowledge Traditions & Practices of India: Agriculture: A Survey

Ūṣara (ऊषर, “barren”) refers to one of the twelve types of lands mentioned in the Amarakoṣa and classified according to fertility of the soil, irrigation and physical characteristics. Agriculture (kṛṣi) is frequently mentioned in India’s ancient literature.

Source: Shodhganga: Dietetics and culinary art in ancient and medieval India

Ūṣara (ऊषर) refers to one of the varieties of “salt” according to Suśrutasaṃhitā Sūtrasthāna 46.336, and is commonly found in literature dealing with the topics of dietetics and culinary art, also known as Pākaśāstra or Pākakalā.—We cannot see any reference to the salt in Ṛgveda. But most of the non-Ṛgvedic Saṃhitas, Brāhmaṇas and Upaniṣads refer to salt in the name of lavaṇa or saindhava. [...] Suśruta adds some more varieties such as—[viz., Ūṣara].

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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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India history and geography

Source: Husain Shahi Bengal

Ūṣara (ऊषर) or Ūṣarabhūmi refers to “barren land” according to Śrīnātha Ācāryacūḍāmaṇi’s Vivāha-tattvārṇava.—Rural settlements [in medieval Bengal] contained, in addition to habitations, roads and paths, tanks with bathing ghāṭs which supplied water to the people, jungles serving the purpose of the pasture-land and canals forming a sort of drainage system for the village. [...] It is known from Śrīnātha Ācāryacūḍāmaṇi’s Vivāha-tattvārṇava that rural areas had [viz., barren land (ūṣara-bhūmi)][...]. Thus the disposition of land in rural settlements conformed, in many respects, to the needs of the people.

Source: Cologne Digital Sanskrit Dictionaries: Indian Epigraphical Glossary

Uṣara.—cf. sa-gartta-uṣara (IE 8-5); a saline spot or barren land. Note: uṣara is defined in the “Indian epigraphical glossary” as it can be found on ancient inscriptions commonly written in Sanskrit, Prakrit or Dravidian languages.

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The history of India traces the identification of countries, villages, towns and other regions of India, as well as 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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Languages of India and abroad

Pali-English dictionary

Source: BuddhaSasana: Concise Pali-English Dictionary

ūsara : (adj.) saline.

Source: Sutta: The Pali Text Society's Pali-English Dictionary

Ūsara, (adj.) (Sk. ūṣara, fr. ūṣa) saline S. IV, 315; A. IV, 237; DhsA. 243.—nt. °ṃ a spot with saline soil PvA. 139 (gloss for ujjhaṅgala). (Page 159)

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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

Source: DDSA: The Molesworth Marathi and English Dictionary

usāra (उसार).—m Room left; space yet vacant (in an occupied place).

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

usara (उसर) [-rī, -री].—f Dried and preserved phaḷabhājī.

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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 dictionary

Source: DDSA: The practical Sanskrit-English dictionary

Ūṣara (ऊषर).—a. [ūṣa-matvarthīyo raḥ P.V.2.17] Impregnated with salt or saline particles.

-raḥ, -ram A barren spot with saline soil; न हि तस्मात्फलं तस्य सुकृष्टादूषरादिव (na hi tasmātphalaṃ tasya sukṛṣṭādūṣarādiva) Pt.1.47; Śi.14.46.

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

Ūṣara (ऊषर).—mfn.

(-raḥ-rā-rī-raṃ) A spot with saline soil. E. ūṣa such soil, rac aff.

Source: Cologne Digital Sanskrit Dictionaries: Benfey Sanskrit-English Dictionary

Ūṣara (ऊषर).—[ūṣa + ra], adj., f. , Impregnated with saline particles, Mahābhārata 13, 3341. 2. Salt ground, barren land, [Mānavadharmaśāstra] 2, 112.

Source: Cologne Digital Sanskrit Dictionaries: Cappeller Sanskrit-English Dictionary

Ūṣara (ऊषर).—[adjective] impregnated with salt; [substantive] = seq.

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

1) Ūṣara (ऊषर):—[from ūṣa] mf(ā)n. impregnated with salt, containing salt

2) [v.s. ...] n. saline soil, [Śatapatha-brāhmaṇa; Kātyāyana-śrauta-sūtra; Mahābhārata; Manu-smṛti etc.]

Source: Cologne Digital Sanskrit Dictionaries: Yates Sanskrit-English Dictionary

Ūṣara (ऊषर):—[(raḥ-rā-raṃ) a.] Saline (soil.)

[Sanskrit to German]

Ushara in German

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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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Hindi dictionary

Source: DDSA: A practical Hindi-English dictionary

1) Usārā (उसारा):—(nm) a shed; verandah.

2) Ūsara (ऊसर) [Also spelled usar]:—(a and nm) barren or fallow (land); —[kī khetī] literally, tilling a barren land —wasting one’s industry, undertaking an impossible task.

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Prakrit-English dictionary

Source: DDSA: Paia-sadda-mahannavo; a comprehensive Prakrit Hindi dictionary

1) Ūsara (ऊसर) in the Prakrit language is related to the Sanskrit word: Utsṛ.

2) Ūsara (ऊसर) also relates to the Sanskrit word: Ūṣar.

3) Ūsāra (ऊसार) also relates to the Sanskrit word: Utsāra.

4) Ūsāra (ऊसार) also relates to the Sanskrit word: Utsāra.

5) Ūsāra (ऊसार) also relates to the Sanskrit word: Āsāra.

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Prakrit is an ancient language closely associated with both Pali and Sanskrit. Jain literature is often composed in this language or sub-dialects, such as the Agamas and their commentaries which are written in Ardhamagadhi and Maharashtri Prakrit. The earliest extant texts can be dated to as early as the 4th century BCE although core portions might be older.

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