श्येनः [श्यै-इनन् Uṇ.2.45] 1 The white colour. -2 Whiteness. -3 A hawk, falcon. -4 Violence. -5 Ved. A horse. -6 A kind of array in battle. -Comp. -अवपातः the swoop of a hawk; श्येनावपातचकिता वनवर्ति- केव Māl.8.8. -कपोतीय a. (from Śibi story) sudden (calamity). -करणम्, -करणिका 1 burning on a separate funeral pile. -2 a hawk-like, i. e. rash and desperate, act. -चित्, -जीविन् m. falconer; Ms.3.164. -पातः the swoop of a hawk or eagle; वडवे इव संयुक्ते श्येनपाते दिवौकसाम् Mb.3.133.26.
m. eagle (that brings down Soma to man; V.); falcon, hawk; kind of ekâha (S.); kind of battle-array (C.); a. eagle like (breast; Br., S.): -gîvin, m. falconer; (á)-patvan, a. flying with eagles (car; RV.1); -½avapâtam, ad. swooping down like an eagle or hawk.
Is the name in the Rigveda of a strong bird of prey, most probably the ‘eagle’; later (as in post-Vedic Sanskrit) it seems to mean the 'falcon' or 'hawk.' It is the swiftest of birds, and a source of terror to smaller birds. It is the strongest of birds, and even attacks herds. It watches over men (nr-caksas), a reference, no doubt, to its lofty flight in air. It brings the Soma from heaven.
noun (masculine) a hawk (Monier-Williams, Sir M. (1988))
a horse (Monier-Williams, Sir M. (1988))
a kind of array (in battle) (Monier-Williams, Sir M. (1988))
a particular Ekāha (Monier-Williams, Sir M. (1988))
a particular part of the sacrificial victim (Monier-Williams, Sir M. (1988))
any bird of prey (esp. the eagle that brings down Soma to man) (Monier-Williams, Sir M. (1988))
eagle (Monier-Williams, Sir M. (1988))
falcon (Monier-Williams, Sir M. (1988))
firewood laid in the shape of an eagle (Monier-Williams, Sir M. (1988))
name of a ṣi (Monier-Williams, Sir M. (1988))
name of a Sāman (Monier-Williams, Sir M. (1988))
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