Vaka, Vāka, Vākā, Vakā: 18 definitions


Vaka means something in Hinduism, Sanskrit, Buddhism, Pali, Marathi, 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.

In Hinduism

Purana and Itihasa (epic history)

Source: Puranic Encyclopedia

1) Vaka (वक).—(baka) See under Baka.

2) Vākā (वाका).—The daughter of the giant Mālyavān, Viśravas married her. Three sons Triśiras, Dūṣaṇa and Vidyujjihva and a daughter Anupālikā were born to the couple (Brahmāṇḍa Purāṇa, 3: 8: 39-56; Vāyu Purāṇa, 70 34-50). But in mahā Bhārata, mention is made only about three wives of Viśravas, named Puṣpotkaṭā, Rākā and Mālinī

Source: Cologne Digital Sanskrit Dictionaries: The Purana Index

1) Vaka (वक).—A son of Dāruka an avatār of the Lord.*

  • * Vāyu-purāṇa 23. 196.

2) Vākā (वाका).—A daughter of Mālyavān; one of the four wives of Viśravas; mother of Triśiras, Dūṣana and Vidyu(t)jjihva; Anupālikā (Asalikā, Vāyu-purāṇa) was her daughter.*

  • * Brahmāṇḍa-purāṇa III. 8. 39-56; Vāyu-purāṇa 70. 34, 50.
Source: JatLand: List of Mahabharata people and places

Vaka (वक) is a name mentioned in the Mahābhārata (cf. III.11.38) and represents one of the many proper names used for people and places. Note: The Mahābhārata (mentioning Vaka) is a Sanskrit epic poem consisting of 100,000 ślokas (metrical verses) and is over 2000 years old.

Source: Shodhganga: The saurapurana - a critical study

Vāka (वाक) refers to one of the four wives of Viśravas, according to one account of Vaṃśa (‘genealogical description’) of the 10th century Saurapurāṇa: one of the various Upapurāṇas depicting Śaivism.—Accordingly, Rājarṣi Tṛṇavindu gave his daughter Ilavilā to Pulastya. Viśravas was born to her. Viśravas had four wives—Puṣpotkaṭā, Vākā, Kaikasī and Devavarṇinī. From Vāka were born three fearful demons—Triśirā, Dūṣaṇa and Vidyujjihva.

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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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Biology (plants and animals)

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

1) Vaka in India is the name of a plant defined with Albizia lebbeck in various botanical sources. This page contains potential references in Ayurveda, modern medicine, and other folk traditions or local practices It has the synonym Mimosa lebbek Forssk. (among others).

2) Vaka is also identified with Albizia odoratissima It has the synonym Acacia lomatocarpa DC. (etc.).

3) Vaka is also identified with Albizia procera It has the synonym Lignum murinum-majus Rumph. (etc.).

4) Vaka is also identified with Carissa carandas It has the synonym Jasminonerium salicinum (Lam.) Kuntze (etc.).

5) Vaka is also identified with Carissa spinarum It has the synonym Jasminonerium tomentosum (A. Rich.) Kuntze (etc.).

6) Vaka is also identified with Sesbania grandiflora It has the synonym Aeschynomene coccinea L.f. (etc.).

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

· Indian J. Med. Res. (1963)
· Prodromus Florae Peninsulae Indiae Orientalis (1834)
· A Voyage to Abyssinia, and travels into the (1816)
· Acta Phytotaxonomica Sinica (1973)
· Mémoires de l’Institut Scientifique de Madagascar, Série B, Biologie Végétale (1949)
· Journal of Economic and Taxonomic Botany (1997)

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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

Pali-English dictionary

Source: BuddhaSasana: Concise Pali-English Dictionary

vaka : (m.) a wolf. || vāka (nt.), strips of bark (used for making garments).

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

1) Vaka, 2 (indecl.): a root vak is given at Dhtp 7 & Dhtm 8 in meaning “ādāne, ” i.e. grasping, together with a root kuk as synonym. It may refer to vaka1 wolf, whereas kuk would explain koka wolf. The notion of voraciousness is prevalent in the characterization of the wolf (see all passages of vaka1, e.g. J. V, 302). (Page 591)

2) Vaka, 1 (Vedic vṛka, Idg. *ǔḷqǔo=Lat. lupus, Gr. lu/kos, Lith. vilkas, Goth. wulfs=E. wolf etc. ) wolf, only in poetry Sn. 201; J. I, 336; II, 450; V, 241, 302. (Page 591)

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Vāka, (nt.) (late Sk. valka, cp. P. vakka) the bark of a tree D. I, 167; Vin. III, 34; J. I, 304; II, 141; Vism. 249=VbhA. 232 (akka° & makaci°); Miln. 128.—avāka without bark J. III, 522.

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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

vāka (वाक).—m A bird, Night heron, Nycticorax Europeus.

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vāka (वाक).—m The filamentous integuments of certain plants (tāga, ambāḍī, ghāyāḷa &c.) They are made into cordage.

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vākā (वाका).—m ( A) An affair or occurrence; a matter occurring; a case: also the narrative or account of it.

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

vāka (वाक).—f An ornament for the arm. n A felly; a rib of a ship. m n Cur- vature. Grudge.

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vāka (वाक).—m The filamentous integuments of certain plants.

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vākā (वाका).—m An affair or occurrence. A case.

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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

Vaka (वक).—See बक (baka).

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Vakā (वका).—The pummel of a saddle.

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Vāka (वाक).—A fight of cranes.

-kaḥ [vac-ghañ]

1) Speechuttering; as in नमोवाकं प्रशास्महे (namovākaṃ praśāsmahe) Uttararāmacarita 1.1; सूक्तवाकेनातितरा- मुदितगुणगणावतारसुजयः (sūktavākenātitarā- muditaguṇagaṇāvatārasujayaḥ) Bhā.5.1.1.

2) Voice (vāṇī); सर्व- मिदमभ्यात्तोऽवाक्यनादरः (sarva- midamabhyātto'vākyanādaraḥ) Ch. Up.3.14.2.

3) Text (saṃhitā); a Vedic portion containing mantras; यं वाकेष्वनुवाकेषु निष- त्सूपनिषत्सु च (yaṃ vākeṣvanuvākeṣu niṣa- tsūpaniṣatsu ca) (guṇanti) Mahābhārata (Bombay) 12.49.26.

Derivable forms: vākam (वाकम्).

Source: Cologne Digital Sanskrit Dictionaries: Edgerton Buddhist Hybrid Sanskrit Dictionary

Vāka (वाक).—(= Pali id., AMg. vāga; for *vakka = Sanskrit valka; § 3.2), bark: certainly contained in reading of mss. (see Senart i n. 558) Mahāvastu i.236.1 cirā-vākodbhava, in what was orig. a verse, but is so corrupt in tradition that it cannot be restored in default of a parallel; if cirā-was orig. read, it stands for cīrā or cīra-, m.c.; epithet of garments worn by Dīpaṃkara; originating from (made of) bast and bark.

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

Vaka (वक).—m.

(-kaḥ) 1. A crane, (Ardea nivea.) 2. A tree, (Sesbana grandiflora.) 3. Kuvera. 4. The name of a demon. 5. A small apparatus for calcining or subliming metals or minerals consisting of two crucibles, one inverted over the other, luted together and placed over a fire. E. vac to speak, or vaki to be crooked, aff. ghañ or ac; in the latter case the nasal augment is not inserted.

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Vāka (वाक).—mfn.

(-kaḥ-kī-kaṃ) Belonging or relating to a crane. n.

(-kaṃ) A flight of cranes. E. vaka, and aṇ, añ or ghañ aff.

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

Vaka (वक).—m. 1. A crane, Ardea nivea, [Pañcatantra] ii. [distich] 87. 2. The name of a demon. 3. Kuvera. 4. An apparatus for subliming metals.

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Vāka (वाक).—I. i. e. vaka + a, 1. adj. Relating to a crane. 2. n. A flight of cranes. Ii. i. e. vac + a, latter part of comp. words, Sounding, speaking, cf. cakravāka, cīrīvāka.

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

Vāka (वाक).—[masculine] saying, formula, recitation ([ritual or religion]).

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

1) Vaka (वक):—[from vaṅk] etc. See baka, p.719.

2) Vāka (वाक):—a See bāka and p. 936, col. 2.

3) [from vāc] b mfn. sounding, speaking (ifc.; cf. cakra-v, cīrī-v)

4) [v.s. ...] m. ([Ṛg-veda] etc.) or f(ā). ([Vājasaneyi-saṃhitā; Maitrāyaṇī-saṃhitā]) a text, recitation or formula (in certain ceremonies), rite

5) [v.s. ...] m. [plural] chattering, murmuring, humming, [Atharva-veda]

6) [v.s. ...] n. Name of various Sāmans, [Ārṣeya-brāhmaṇa]

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

1) Vaka (वक):—(kaḥ) 1. m. A crane; Æschynomene grandiflora; a demon; Kuvera; chemical apparatus.

2) Vāka (वाक):—(kaṃ) 1. n. A flight of cranes. a. Of a crane.

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

Vāka (वाक) in the Sanskrit language is related to the Prakrit word: Vāya.

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Vaka 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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