Yam, Yaṃ, Yām, Yāṃ: 15 definitions


Yam means something in Hinduism, Sanskrit, Buddhism, Pali, the history of ancient India, Hindi, biology, Tamil. 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

Vyakarana (Sanskrit grammar)

Source: Wikisource: A dictionary of Sanskrit grammar

Yam (यम्).—A short term (प्रत्याहार (pratyāhāra)) for the consonants which begin with य् (y) (in हयवरट् (hayavaraṭ)) and end (in ञमङ्णनम् (ñamaṅṇanam)) before the mute म् (m) i.e all semivowels, and fifth constants of the of the five classes; c.f. हलो यमां यमि लोपः (halo yamāṃ yami lopaḥ) Paan VIII.4.64

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Vyakarana (व्याकरण, vyākaraṇa) refers to Sanskrit grammar and represents one of the six additional sciences (vedanga) to be studied along with the Vedas. Vyakarana concerns itself with the rules of Sanskrit grammar and linguistic analysis in order to establish the correct context of words and sentences.

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General definition (in Hinduism)

Source: Wisdom Library: Hinduism

1) Yaṃ is the bīja-mantra of the Anahata Chakra (heart).

2) “Yaṃ” is the bīja-mantra for vāyu, (“air”).

India history and geography

Source: Shodhganga: A translation of Jhaverchand Meghanis non translated folk tales

Yam refers to “God of death”.—It is defined in the glossary attached to the study dealing with Gujarat Folk tales composed by Gujarati poet Jhaverchand Meghani (1896-1947)

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The history of India traces the identification of countries, villages, towns and other regions of India, as well as mythology, zoology, 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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Biology (plants and animals)

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

1) Yam in English is the name of a plant defined with Colocasia esculenta in various botanical sources. This page contains potential references in Ayurveda, modern medicine, and other folk traditions or local practices It has the synonym Zantedeschia virosa K. Koch (among others).

2) Yam is also identified with Ipomoea batatas It has the synonym Convolvulus martinicensis Jacq. (etc.).

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

· Journal of Agricultural and Food Chemistry (4154)
· Ill. Fl. Ins. Mar. Pacif. (1892)
· Bengal Pl.
· Description des Plantes Nouvelles … Jardin de J. M. Cels (1801)
· Meletemata Botanica (1832)
· Nova Genera et Species Plantarum (1818)

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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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Pali-English dictionary

Source: BuddhaSasana: Concise Pali-English Dictionary

yaṃ : ((nt. sing. of ya), adv.) which; whatever thing. adv. because of.

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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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Sanskrit dictionary

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

Yaṃ (यं).—= yat, see yac ca, yat khalu; yaṃ velaṃ, see velā.

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

Yam (यम्).—[(au) yamau] r. 1st cl (yamati) To copulate.

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Yam (यम्).—r. 1st cl. (au, u) auyamu (yacchvati) To stop, to cease, to refrain. With ni prefixed, 1. To remove, to dispel. 2. To observe as a vow or religious rite. 3. To regulate, to restrain. With ut, 1. To rise, to mount on. 2. To make effort or exertion. 3. To lift up, to raise. With vi and āṅ, To exercise. With sam and ni, To restrain. In some senses it takes the deponent form, as with āṅ prefix, (āyacchate) To put forth, to use or employ any part of one’s own body as the hand, &c. (āyacchati) 1. To size. 2. To go to, to proceed to, With sam, (saṃyacchate) To heap together any thing that is one’s own. (saṃyacchati) To associate with. With upa, (upayacchate) 1. To marry. 2. To agree or accede to. 3. To master by learning. r. 10th cl. (yamayati-te yāmayati) 1. To feed, to give food to. 2. To restrain.

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

Yam (यम्).— (akin to dam), i. 1, yaccha, [Parasmaipada.] (in epic poetry also [Ātmanepada.], Mahābhārata 1, 5704). 1. To tame, to restrain. 2. To govern (as horses), Mahābhārata 3, 751. 3. To give, [Mānavadharmaśāstra] 2, 55. Ptcple. of the pf. pass. yata, Restrained, governed, [Hitopadeśa] iii. [distich] 130; in epic poetry also yatta, Mahābhārata 2, 2011 (maintained by the metre). Comp. Vāgyata, i. e. vāc-, adj. silent, taciturn, [Mānavadharmaśāstra] 3, 236. [Causal.], and i. 10, yāmaya. 1. To restrain. 2. † To give food. Ptcple. pf. pass. yamita, Restrained, [Śākuntala, (ed. Böhtlingk.)] [distich] 29. Comp. A-, adj. not pared (as nails), [Meghadūta, (ed. Gildemeister.)] 89.

— With the prep. adhi adhi, To give, Chr. 292, 12 = [Rigveda.] i. 85, 12.

— With ā ā, 1. To stop, [Bhaṭṭikāvya, (ed. Calc.)] 6, 119. 2. To suppress, [Mānavadharmaśāstra] 11, 149. 3. To draw, to bend (as a bow), [Rāmāyaṇa] 3, 50, 9; [Johnson's Selections from the Mahābhārata.] 50, 101. 4. [Ātmanepada.] To extend, [Śākuntala, (ed. Böhtlingk.)] 73, 4, C. 5. [Ātmanepada.] To possess, [Bhaṭṭikāvya, (ed. Calc.)] 8, 46. āyata, Long, [Pañcatantra] ii. 8. Comp. Pūrṇa-āyata, adj. completely drawn (as a bow), [Harivaṃśa, (ed. Calc.)] 13413. Comp. ptcple. of the fut. pass. an-āyamya, Not to be drawn, unpliant, Mahābhārata 1, 6953.

— With nirā nis-ā, nirāyata, Contracted, [Śākuntala, (ed. Böhtlingk.)] [distich] 8.

— With vyā vi-ā, 1. [Ātmanepada.] To exert one’s power, Mahābhārata 3, 12740. 2. To fight, [Mṛcchakaṭikā, (ed. Stenzler.)] 202, 7; [Ātmanepada.], [Bhaṭṭikāvya, (ed. Calc.)] 6, 119. 3. To open wide one’s eyes, [Johnson's Selections from the Mahābhārata.] 47. 76. vyāyata, Long. 2. Excessive. 3. Busy. 4. Hard, firm. [Causal.] yāmaya, To use exercise, [Mānavadharmaśāstra] 7, 216.

— With ud ud, 1. To rise, [Hitopadeśa] 81, 4 (with infin., in order to kill). 2. To lift up, [Mānavadharmaśāstra] 4, 64. 3. To brandish, [Mānavadharmaśāstra] 5, 58. 4. To govern (as horses), Chr. 36, 19. 5. To offer, Mahābhārata 1, 1853. 6. To endeavour, Mahābhārata 2, 2357. 7. To study. udyata, 1. Raised, Chr. 3, 1. 2. Ready, [Hitopadeśa] 41, 4, M.M. 3. Intending, [Rājataraṅgiṇī] 5, 237. 4. Trained. 5. Active. Comp. Samara-, adj. ready for the combat.

— With abhyud abhi-ud, 1. To raise, [Mṛcchakaṭikā, (ed. Stenzler.)] 171, 20. 2. To offer, [Mānavadharmaśāstra] 4, 247. abhyudyata, 1. Lifted up, [Mṛcchakaṭikā, (ed. Stenzler.)] 327, 5 (Calc.). 2. Rising, proceeding to act, [Mānavadharmaśāstra] 4, 302.

— With prod pra-ud, 1. To lift up. prodyata, lifted, [Pañcatantra] 105, 19. 2. To cast, [Bhaṭṭikāvya, (ed. Calc.)] 15, 60.

— With samud sam-ud, 1. To incite, to urge (as horses), Mahābhārata 3, 756. 2. To lift up, 1, 6278. 3. To endeavour, [Rāmāyaṇa] 1, 14, 8. samudyata, Ready.

— With upa upa, 1. [Ātmanepada.] To marry, [Mānavadharmaśāstra] 3, 11 ([Parasmaipada.], [Mānavadharmaśāstra] 11, 172, v.r., see Lois.). 2. To seize, [Ātmanepada.], [Bhaṭṭikāvya, (ed. Calc.)] 1, 16; with bhayam, To fear, [Bhaṭṭikāvya, (ed. Calc.)] 7, 101.

— With ni ni, 1. To stop, to govern, Mahābhārata 4, 1953. 2. To direct, Chr. 295, 16 = [Rigveda.] i. 92, 16. 3. To curb, to restrain, [Rāmāyaṇa] 2, 122, 22, to hold in (the breath), [Vikramorvaśī, (ed. Bollensen.)] [distich] 1. 4. To punish, [Mānavadharmaśāstra] 9, 213. 5. To bind, [Rāmāyaṇa] 2, 87, 23. 6. To attain, [Mānavadharmaśāstra] 2, 93. 7. To assume, [Mānavadharmaśāstra] 10, 93. 8. To conceal, [Mānavadharmaśāstra] 10, 59. niyata, 1. Subdued, self-goyerned. 2. Submissive, [Sāvitryupākhyāna] 4, 11. 3. Abstemious, Chr. 50, 9. 4. Attentive. 5. Fixed, [Meghadūta, (ed. Gildemeister.)] 44. 6. Certain, destined, [Hitopadeśa] i. [distich] 43, M.M.; right, i. [distich] 202, M.M. 7. Constant, [Mānavadharmaśāstra] 5, 44. 8. Inevitable, [Mānavadharmaśāstra] 8, 419; [Uttara Rāmacarita, 2. ed. Calc., 1862.] 52, 12. ºtam, adv. 1. Forcibly, [Ṛtusaṃhāra] 6, 20. 2. Inevitably, [Bhartṛhari, (ed. Bohlen.)] 2, 41. 3. Constantly, always. 4. Surely, [Pañcatantra] ii. [distich] 199. n. Eiementary matter. [Causal.] To restrain, [Śākuntala, (ed. Böhtlingk.)] 92, 19, Chezy. niyamita, 1. Restrained. 2. Confined, [Bhartṛhari, (ed. Bohlen.)] 2, 93. 3. Prescribed. 4. Governed.

— With pratini prati-ni, pratiniyata, Determined proportionally (in proportion to the acts done in a preceding existence), [Bhartṛhari, (ed. Bohlen.)] 2, 92; [Daśakumāracarita] in Chr. 187, 22.

— With vini vi-ni, To punish, [Mānavadharmaśāstra] 9, 249.

— With saṃni sam-ni, To subdue, [Mānavadharmaśāstra] 2, 93.

— With pra pra, 1. To offer, to deliver, [Hitopadeśa] 65, 15; to give, [Mānavadharmaśāstra] 3, 223; Chr. 288, 15 = [Rigveda.] i. 48, 15 (yacchatāt, imperat. 2. sing.). 2. To give in marriage, [Mānavadharmaśāstra] 9, 89. 3. To restore, [Mānavadharmaśāstra] 8, 181; [Pañcatantra] 88, 14. 4. To pay, [Mānavadharmaśāstra] 8, 158. prayata, Well restrained, keeping his organs controlled, [Mānavadharmaśāstra] 2, 222. 2. Submissive, [Nala] 25, 2. 3. Careful, [Mānavadharmaśāstra] 2, 183; intent on his devotion, 11, 158; zealous, [Vikramorvaśī, (ed. Bollensen.)] [distich] 43. 4. Pure, [Mānavadharmaśāstra] 5, 145. Comp. A-, adj. impure, [Mānavadharmaśāstra] 5, 142.

— With pratipra prati-pra, To restore, [Daśakumāracarita] in Chr. 195, 14.

— With saṃpra sam-pra, 1. To give, [Mānavadharmaśāstra] 11, 19. 2. To give in marriage, Mahābhārata 3, 16661 (= [Sāvitryupākhyāna] 2, 4, v. r. erroneous).

— With vi vi, To give, Chr. 292, 12 = [Rigveda.] i. 85, 12 (yanta, 2. pl. imperat. aor. 1.).

— With sam 1. To constrain, [Mānavadharmaśāstra] 8, 365. 2. To bind, Mahābhārata 3, 1694. 3. To subdue, [Mānavadharmaśāstra] 12, 11. 4. To govern (as horses), Mahābhārata 3, 12110. saṃyata, Restrained, subdued, [Nala] 1, 4; fettered. Comp. Su-saṃyata, adj. well composed, [Mānavadharmaśāstra] 2, 193 (v.r.).

— Cf. [Latin] jejunus, and probably jentare, fræna; [Gothic.] aiths; [Anglo-Saxon.] adh, adhum; [Old High German.] eidum.

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

Yam (यम्).—yacchati yacchate (yamati, yamate), [participle] yata (q.v.) hold, hold up, lift, raise, erect, sustain, support; hold back, restrain, check, stop; hold out, offer, grant, furnish, give ([dative] or [locative] of [person or personal] & [accusative] of th., or [accusative] of [person or personal] & [instrumental] of th.); stretch, extend, show; [Middle] rest on ([locative]), stretch or extend with ([instrumental]); hold out, persevere, be obedient or faithful to ([dative]). [Causative] yamayati (te) hold back, restrain, control, bring in order.

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

Yam (यम्):—[class] 1. [Parasmaipada] ([Dhātupāṭha xxiii, 15]) yacchati ([Vedic or Veda] also te, and [Vedic or Veda] [Epic] yamati, te; [perfect tense] yayāma, yeme; 2. sg. yayantha, 3. [plural] yemuḥ, yemire, [Ṛg-veda] etc. etc.; 3. [dual number] irreg. -yamatuḥ, [Ṛg-veda v, 67, 1]; [Aorist] ayān, ayamuh; [imperative] yaṃsi, yandhi; [Potential] yamyās, yamīmahi, [Ṛg-veda]; ayāṃsam, ayāṃsi, ayaṃsta [subjunctive] yaṃsat, satas, sate, [ib.; Brāhmaṇa]; 3. sg. -yamiṣṭa, [Ṛg-veda v, 32, 7]; ayaṃsiṣam [grammar]; [future] yantā, [ib.]; yaṃsyati, yamiṣyati, [Brāhmaṇa] etc. [infinitive mood] yantum, yamitum, [ib.]; yantave, yamitavai, [Ṛg-veda]; [indeclinable participle] yatvā, yamitvā, [Mahābhārata; Kāvya literature] etc.; yatya, [Atharva-veda; Brāhmaṇa]; -yamya, [Gṛhya-sūtra and śrauta-sūtra]; -yamam, [Ṛg-veda; Brāhmaṇa]),

—to sustain, hold, hold up, support ([Ātmanepada] ‘one’s self’; with [locative case] ‘to be founded on’), [Ṛg-veda; Brāhmaṇa; Chāndogya-upaniṣad];

—to raise, wield (a weapon etc.; [Ātmanepada] with āyudhaiḥ, ‘to brandish weapons’), [Ṛg-veda];

—to raise, extend or hold (as a screen etc.) over ([dative case]), [Ṛg-veda];

— ([Ātmanepada]) to extend one’s self before ([dative case]), [Aitareya-brāhmaṇa];

—to raise (the other scale), weigh more, [Śatapatha-brāhmaṇa];

—to stretch out, expand, spread, display, show, [Ṛg-veda];

—to hold or keep in, hold back, restrain, check, curb, govern, subdue, control, [ib.] etc. etc.;

—to offer;—confer, grant, bestow on ([dative case] or [locative case]), present with ([instrumental case]), [Ṛg-veda] etc. etc.;

— (with mārgam), to make way for ([genitive case]), [Mahābhārata];

— (with prati and [ablative]), to give anything in exchange for anything, [Kāśikā-vṛtti on Pāṇini 2-3, 11];

— ([Ātmanepada]) to give one’s self up to, be faithful to, obey ([dative case]), [Ṛg-veda];

—to raise, utter (a sound etc.), [ib.];

—to fix, establish, [ib.];

— ([Ātmanepada]) to be firm, not budge, [Ṛg-veda];

—to catch fire, [Taittirīya-brāhmaṇa] ([Scholiast or Commentator]) :—[Passive voice] yamyate ([Aorist] ayā-mī), to be raised or lifted up or held back or restrained, [Ṛg-veda] etc. etc.:—[Causal] yāmayati ([Atharva-veda]), yamayati ([Brāhmaṇa] etc.; te, [Mahābhārata]; [Aorist] ayīyamat),

—to restrain, hold in, control, keep or put in order:—[Desiderative] yiyaṃsati, to wish to restrain etc., [Brāhmaṇa] :—[Intensive] yaṃyamīti (See ud-√yam) or yaṃyamyate ([Pāṇini 7-4, 85], [vArttika] 2, [Patañjali]) (cf. [Greek] ζημία, ‘restraint, punishment.’)

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

Yam (यम्):—(au, u) yacchati 1. a. To stop, cease, end, refrain. (ka) yamayati, yāmayati 10. a. To feed; to restrain. Act with ñā to seize, to go to; ut to rise, to endeavour; ni to remove, to observe a rite, to restrain; saṃ to associate with; vi and ā to exercise. Depon. with ā to put forth the hand or any limb; upa to marry, agree to, learn; saṃ to heap together.

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

Yam (यम्) in the Sanskrit language is related to the Prakrit word: Jaccha.

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Hindi dictionary

Source: DDSA: A practical Hindi-English dictionary

1) Yam in Hindi refers in English to:—(nm) the god of death; restraint of passions; two; ~[ja/jata] twins; ~[jit] one who conquers death, immortal; ~[damda] the punishment inflicted by [yama]—the god of death (for evil deeds); ~[dutiya/dvitiya] the second day of the bright half of the month of [kartika] (same as [bhaiyaduja); ~duta] a messenger of the god of death; ~[pura/puri/loka] afterworld; the world of the god of death; the infernal world, the world where sinners are supposed to be lodged after death; •[pahumcana] to put to death; -[yatana] the pangs of death; ~[la] twin; ~[vahana] a he-buffalo..—yam (यम) is alternatively transliterated as Yama.

2) Yam in Hindi refers in English to:—(nm) three hours' time..—yam (याम) is alternatively transliterated as Yāma.

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