Yonani, Yonānī: 1 definition


Yonani means something in Hinduism, Sanskrit. 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.

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

Yonānī (योनानी).—(= Sanskrit yavanānī, Patañjali on Pāṇ.4.1.49, Vārt. 3), Greek writing, in a list of scripts; § 22.10; so read for mss. yonārī (Senart yāvanī, more remote and less plausible): Mahāvastu i.135.5. Followed by brahma-vāṇī, for which Lalitavistara 125.21 has brahmavali-lipi; and before this, Tibetan on Lalitavistara ya ba na-ḥi yi ge, writing of the Yavanas (not in Sanskrit text of Lalitavistara). Cf. śakānī.

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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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