n. (and m.gaRaardharcādi-;also written sūrpa-) a winnowing basket or fan (id est a kind of wicker receptacle which, when shaken about, serves as a fan for winnowing corn;also personified as a gandharva-) etc.
(rarely -ṇakhī-) f. (wrongly -nakhā-, khī-; see)"having fingernails like winnowing fans"Name of the sister of rāvaṇa- (she fell in love with rāma-candra- and, being rejected by him and insulted by sītā-'s laughter, assumed a hideous form and threatened to eat her up, but was beaten off by lakṣmaṇa-, who cut off her ears and nose and thus doubly disfigured her;in revenge she incited her brother to carry off sītā-)
शूर्पः र्पम् (शॄ-पः ऊश्च नित् Uṇ.3.26) A winnowing-basket; Ms.5.117. -र्पः A measure of two Droṇas. -Comp. -कर्णः an elephant. -खारी a kind of measure (= 16 द्रोणs). -णखा (for नखा) 'having finger-nails like winnowing-baskets', N. of a sister of Rāvaṇa. [She was attracted by the beauty of Rāma and solicited him to marry her. But he said that as he had already got a wife she had better go to Lakṣmaṇa and try him. But he too rejected her, and back she came to Rāma. This circumstance excited Sītā's laughter, and the revengeful demoness, feeling herself grossly insulted, assumed a hideous form and threatened to eat her up. But Lakṣmaṇa cut off her ears and nose, and thus doubly deformed her; see R.12.32-4.] -वातः wind produced by shaking a winnowing-basket. -श्रुतिः an elephant.
n. winnowing basket: -karna, a. having ears like winnowing baskets: -pu- ta, a. id.; -nakhâ, f. N. of a Râkshasî, sister of Râvana; -puta, spout of a winnowing basket; -sruti, m. (having ears like a win nowing basket), elephant.
In the Atharvaveda and later denotes a wickerv/ork basket for winnowing grain. It is called varṣa-vγddha, ‘swollen by rain,’ in the Atharvaveda, which shows, as Zimmer says, that it was sometimes made of reeds, not of dry wood.
noun (masculine) an elephant (Monier-Williams, Sir M. (1988))
name of a mountain (Monier-Williams, Sir M. (1988))
name of a people (Monier-Williams, Sir M. (1988))
name of a Tantric teacher
name of Gaṇeśa Frequency rank 68268/72933
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