Varshabhu, Varṣābhū, Varsha-bhu: 13 definitions


Varshabhu means something in Hinduism, Sanskrit, 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.

The Sanskrit term Varṣābhū can be transliterated into English as Varsabhu or Varshabhu, using the IAST transliteration scheme (?).

In Hinduism

Ayurveda (science of life)

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Rasashastra (Alchemy and Herbo-Mineral preparations)

Source: Wisdom Library: Rasa-śāstra

Varṣābhū (वर्षाभू):—One of the sixty-seven Mahauṣadhi, as per Rasaśāstra texts (rasa literature). These drugs are useful for processing mercury (rasa), such as the alchemical processes known as sūta-bandhana and māraṇa.

Kalpa (Formulas, Drug prescriptions and other Medicinal preparations)

Source: Science And Technology In Medievel India (kalpa)

Varṣabhū (वर्षभू) or Varṣabhūkalpa refers to Kalpa (medicinal preparation) described in the Auṣadhikalpa, as mentioned in A. Rahman’s Science and Technology in Medievel India: A bibliography of source materials in Sanskrit, Arabic and Persian.—Ancient and medieval India produced a wide range of scientific manuscripts and major contributions lie in the field of medicine, astronomy and mathematics, besides covering encyclopedic glossaries and technical dictionaries.—The Auṣadhikalpa is a medical work of the type of Materia Medica giving twenty-six medical preparations [e.g., Varṣabhū-kalpa] to be used as patent medicines against various diseases.

Source: Shodhganga: Edition translation and critical study of yogasarasamgraha

Varṣābhū (वर्षाभू) refers to the medicinal plant known as “Boerhaavia diffusa Linn.” and is dealt with in the 15th-century Yogasārasaṅgraha (Yogasara-saṅgraha) by Vāsudeva: an unpublished Keralite work representing an Ayurvedic compendium of medicinal recipes. The Yogasārasaṃgraha [mentioning varṣābhū] deals with entire recipes in the route of administration, and thus deals with the knowledge of pharmacy (bhaiṣajya-kalpanā) which is a branch of pharmacology (dravyaguṇa).

Nighantu (Synonyms and Characteristics of Drugs and technical terms)

Source: WorldCat: Rāj nighaṇṭu

Varṣābhū in the Hindi language is another name for Punarnavā, a medicinal plant identified with Trianthema portulacastrum Linn. or “desert horsepurslane” from the Aizoaceae or “fig-marigold” family of flowering plants, according to verse 5.115-116 of the 13th-century Raj Nighantu or Rājanighaṇṭu. The fifth chapter (parpaṭādi-varga) of this book enumerates sixty varieties of smaller plants (kṣudra-kṣupa). Other than the Hindi word Varṣābhū, there are more synonyms identified for this plant among which eight  are in Sanskrit. Note: Cf. Raktapunarnavā (Boerhaavia diffusa Linn.).

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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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Biology (plants and animals)

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Source: Wisdom Library: Local Names of Plants and Drugs

Varshabhu in the Sanskrit language is the name of a plant identified with Peperomia pellucida (L.) Kunth from the Piperaceae (Pepper) family having the following synonyms: Peperomia exigua, Peperomia translucens, Piper pellicudum. For the possible medicinal usage of varshabhu, 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) Varsabhu in India is the name of a plant defined with Boerhavia diffusa in various botanical sources. This page contains potential references in Ayurveda, modern medicine, and other folk traditions or local practices It has the synonym Boerhavia surinamensis Miq. (among others).

2) Varsabhu is also identified with Trianthema portulacastrum It has the synonym Trianthema procumbens Mill. (etc.).

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

· Proceedings of the Indian Science Congress Association (1992)
· Species Plantarum (1753)
· Kew Bulletin (1960)
· Fl. Cochinch. (1790)
· Observationum Botanicarum (Jacquin) (1771)
· Mantissa Plantarum (1767)

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Languages of India and abroad

Sanskrit dictionary

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

Varṣābhū (वर्षाभू).—m.

1) a frog.

2) a kind of insect (indragopa).

Varṣābhū is a Sanskrit compound consisting of the terms varṣā and bhū (भू).

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Varṣābhū (वर्षाभू).—f.

1) a female frog or a little frog.

2) hogweed.

3) an earth-worm.

Derivable forms: varṣābhūḥ (वर्षाभूः).

Varṣābhū is a Sanskrit compound consisting of the terms varṣā and bhū (भू). See also (synonyms): varṣābhvī.

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

Varṣābhū (वर्षाभू).—m.

(-bhūḥ) A frog. f. (-bhvī) 1. Hog-weed. 2. An earth-worm, (Iulus.) 3. A she-frog or any small frog. E. varṣā the rains, bhū to be, aff. kkip .

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

Varṣābhū (वर्षाभू).—[varṣā-bhū] (see varṣa), I. m. A frog. Ii. f. bhū and bhvī. 1. A she-frog. 2. Hog-weed.

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

1) Varṣābhū (वर्षाभू):—[=varṣā-bhū] [from varṣā > varṣa] m. ‘produced in the rains’, a frog, [cf. Lexicographers, esp. such as amarasiṃha, halāyudha, hemacandra, etc.]

2) [v.s. ...] an earthworm, [cf. Lexicographers, esp. such as amarasiṃha, halāyudha, hemacandra, etc.]

3) [v.s. ...] a lady-bird, [cf. Lexicographers, esp. such as amarasiṃha, halāyudha, hemacandra, etc.]

4) [v.s. ...] f. a female frog, [cf. Lexicographers, esp. such as amarasiṃha, halāyudha, hemacandra, etc.]

5) [v.s. ...] Boerhavia Procumbens, [Suśruta]

6) [=varṣā-bhū] [from varṣā > varṣa] f. an earth-worm, [Monier-Williams’ Sanskrit-English Dictionary]

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

Varṣābhū (वर्षाभू):—[varṣā-bhū] (bhūḥ) 3. m. A frog. f. Idem; hog-weed; earth-worm.

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Varshabhu in German

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Kannada-English dictionary

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Source: Alar: Kannada-English corpus

Varṣābhu (ವರ್ಷಾಭು):—[adjective] = ವರ್ಷಜ [varshaja].

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Varṣābhu (ವರ್ಷಾಭು):—

1) [noun] a frog (in gen.).

2) [noun] a female frog.

3) [noun] a young frog.

4) [noun] any of a number of oligochaetous worms that burrow in the soil, esp. any of a genus (Lumbricus) very important in aerating and fertilising the soil; an earth worm.

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Kannada is a Dravidian language (as opposed to the Indo-European language family) mainly spoken in the southwestern region of India.

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