Ushira, aka: Usīra, Uśīra, Usira, Uṣīra; 7 Definition(s)


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The Sanskrit terms Uśīra and Uṣīra can be transliterated into English as Usira or Ushira, using the IAST transliteration scheme (?).

In Hinduism

Ayurveda (science of life)

Uśīra (उशीर):—A Sanskrit word referring to “Cuscus grass”, a perennial species of grass from the Poaceae (or Gramineae) family of flowering plants. It is used throughout Āyurvedic literature such as the Caraka-saṃhitā. It is also known by the names Sevya and Sugandhimūla. In the Prakrit language it is also known as Osīra. Its official botanical name is Chrysopogon zizanioides and is commonly known in english as “Cuscus grass”, “Khus” and “Vetiver” (Vetiveria zizanioides). It is native to India but is widely cultivated in the tropical regions of the world. Cuscus grass is used to fashion objects such as hats, baskets, cushions and other ornaments. The roots of the plant are used for making scented oils.

Source: Wisdom Library: Āyurveda and botany
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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

Pali-English dictionary

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usīra : (nt.) fragrant root of Andhropogon Muricantum.

Source: BuddhaSasana: Concise Pali-English Dictionary

Usīra, (m. & nt.) (Sk. uśīra) the fragrant root of Andropogon Muricatum (cp. bīraṇa) Vin. I, 201; II, 130 (°mayā vijanī); S. II, 88 (°nāḷi); A. II, 199 (id.); Dh. 337; J. V, 39; Th. 1, 402 (°attho). (Page 156)

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

uśīra (उशीर).—m Lateness, time far advanced. 2 Delay. 3 Time yet wanting; time before or until. Ex. arē ajhūna bhōjanāsa kitī u0 āhē. uśirāvara dharaṇēṃ To keep till late; to detain long. u0 dharaṇēṃ To wait a while; to stop a little.

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uśīra (उशीर).—m S A grass, Andropogon muricatum.

Source: DDSA: The Molesworth Marathi and English Dictionary

uśirā (उशिरा).—ad Late; with delay.

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uśīra (उशीर).—m Lateness. Delay. Time yet wanting.

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

Uśīra (उशीर) or Uṣīra (उषीर).—The fragrant root of the plant Andropogon Muricatus (variṇamūla, Mar. kāḷāvāḷā); स्तनन्यस्तोशीरम् (stananyastośīram) Ś.3.9.

-rī A sort of grass, a small sort of Saccharum.

Derivable forms: uśīraḥ (उशीरः), uśīram (उशीरम्), uṣīraḥ (उषीरः), uṣīram (उषीरम्).

See also (synonyms): uśīraka.

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Uṣīra (उषीर).—= उशीर (uśīra) q. v.

Source: DDSA: The practical Sanskrit-English dictionary

Uśīra (उशीर).—mn.

(-raḥ-raṃ) The root of a fragrant grass, (Androdogon muricatum.) f. (-rī) A sort of grass, a small sort of Saccharum. E. vaś ta desire, īran Unadi affix; also with kan added uśīraka.

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Uṣīra (उषीर).—mn.

(-raḥ-raṃ) The root of the Andropogon muricatum. E. vaś to desire, īran affix, śa becomes ṣaḥ see uśīra.

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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