Vrikshaka, Vṛkṣaka: 9 definitions


Vrikshaka 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 Vṛkṣaka can be transliterated into English as Vrksaka or Vrikshaka, using the IAST transliteration scheme (?).

In Hinduism

Ayurveda (science of life)

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Source: Wisdom Library: Āyurveda and botany

Vṛkṣaka (वृक्षक):—A Sanskrit word referring to the “Kurchi fruit” and is used throughout Ayurvedic literature such as the Caraka-saṃhitā. It is also known by the name Kaliṅgā or Kuṭaja in Sanskrit, as Kuḍaya in Prakrit, and as Kurcī or Kuḍā in the Hindi language. Kurchi refers to the Holarrhena antidysenterica tree (commonly referred to in english as the ‘Conessi tree’). The Sanskrit word Vṛkṣaka literally translates to “being a small plant”.

This plant (Vṛkṣaka) is also mentioned as a medicine used for the treatment of all major fevers, as described in the Jvaracikitsā (or “the treatment of fever”) which forms the first chapter of the Sanskrit work called Mādhavacikitsā. In this work, the plant is also known by the names Indrayava, Kuṭaja, Vatsaka and Indrabīja.

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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: Google Books: CRC World Dictionary (Regional names)

Vrikshaka in India is the name of a plant defined with Holarrhena pubescens in various botanical sources. This page contains potential references in Ayurveda, modern medicine, and other folk traditions or local practices It has the synonym Echites antidysentericus Roth, nom. illeg., non Echites antidysentericus (L.) Roxb. ex Fleming (among others).

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

· A General History of the Dichlamydeous Plants (1837)
· Pflanzenw. Ost-Afrikas, (1895)
· J. Straits Branch Roy. Asiat. Soc. (1909)
· International Journal of Crude Drug Research (1987)
· Indian Journal of Pharmacy (1977)
· Phytochemistry

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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

Sanskrit dictionary

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Source: DDSA: The practical Sanskrit-English dictionary

Vṛkṣaka (वृक्षक).—

1) A small tree; अतन्द्रिता सा स्वयमेव वृक्षकान् घटस्तनप्रस्रवणैर्व्यवर्धयत् (atandritā sā svayameva vṛkṣakān ghaṭastanaprasravaṇairvyavardhayat) Kumārasambhava 5.14.

2) A tree (in general).

3) The Kuṭaja tree.

Derivable forms: vṛkṣakaḥ (वृक्षकः).

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

Vṛkṣaka (वृक्षक).—m.

(-kaḥ) 1. A small tree, (Wrightea antidysenterica.) 2. Any tree. E. kan added to the last.

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

Vṛkṣaka (वृक्षक).—[vṛkṣa + ka], m. 1. A tree. 2. A particular tree, Wrightea antidysenterica.

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

Vṛkṣaka (वृक्षक).—[masculine] a small tree.

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

1) Vṛkṣaka (वृक्षक):—[from vṛkṣa] m. a little tree (also bāla-v), [Kumāra-sambhava; Vikramāṅkadeva-carita, by Bilhaṇa]

2) [v.s. ...] ([especially] ifc. f(ā). ) any tree, [Rāmāyaṇa; Kālidāsa] etc. (cf. gandhaand phala-v)

3) [v.s. ...] Wrightia Antidysenterica, [Caraka]

4) [v.s. ...] n. the fruit of W° A° [Suśruta]

5) [v.s. ...] a stimulant, [cf. Lexicographers, esp. such as amarasiṃha, halāyudha, hemacandra, etc.]

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

Vṛkṣaka (वृक्षक):—(kaḥ) 1. m. A tree, small tree.

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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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