Is a common word for ‘son’ from the Rigveda onwards. The etymological sense seems to be ‘he who is borne,’ and then ‘the begotten.’ But the use of Sūnu in the Rigveda3 is predominantly in relation to the father, and only rarely in its connexion with words for mother.4 Thus a father is ‘ easy of access’ (sūpāyana) to his son (sūnu);5 but in another passage,® where the same term is applied to earth as a mother, the word used for son is Putra. No conclusion as to matriarchy can of course be drawn from the etymology. On the relation of son and father, see Pitṛ.
noun (masculine) a daughter's son (Monier-Williams, Sir M. (1988))
a son (Monier-Williams, Sir M. (1988))
a younger brother (Monier-Williams, Sir M. (1988))
child (Monier-Williams, Sir M. (1988))
name of a ṣi (having the patr. Ārbhava) (Monier-Williams, Sir M. (1988))
offspring (Monier-Williams, Sir M. (1988))
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