m. a tiger (not in ,but in , often mentioned with the lion; according to to , śārdūlī- is the mythical mother of tigers;but in vahni-purāṇa- they are said to be the offspring of kaśyapa-'s wife daṃṣṭrā-; seecitra-vy-) etc.
m. [scenter: √ ghrâ; not in RV., but often in AV.] tiger (type of man hood); --°ree;, (C.) tiger among = pre-eminent, chief; N.: (a)-ketu, m. N.; -karman, n. tiger-skin; -tâ, f., -tva, n.tigerhood; -pad, m. N.; -parâkrama, m. N.; -pâda, m. N.; -bala, m. N.; -bhata, m. N. of a warrior; -sena, m. N.
‘Tiger,’ is never found in the Rigveda, but frequently occurs in the Atharvaveda, as well as the lion. This fact is legitimately regarded as an indication that the Atharvaveda belongs to a period when the Vedic Indian had approached and entered the territory of Bengal. Later, also, mention of the tiger is quite common. The Taittirīya Samhitā preserves a reference to the danger of waking a sleeping tiger. The destructive character of the animal is often alluded to, the man-eater (purusād) being also mentioned. Like the lion, the tiger passes as a symbol of strength. This idea is illustrated by the fact that the king at the Rājasūya ('royal consecration') steps on a tiger’s skin to win himself the strength of the animal. Cf. also śārdūla, Petva.
noun (masculine) a red variety of the castor-oil plant (Monier-Williams, Sir M. (1988))
a tiger (Monier-Williams, Sir M. (1988))
any pre-eminently strong or noble person (Monier-Williams, Sir M. (1988))
name of a king (Monier-Williams, Sir M. (1988))
name of a Rākṣasa (Monier-Williams, Sir M. (1988))
name of various authors (Monier-Williams, Sir M. (1988))
Pongamia Glabra (Monier-Williams, Sir M. (1988))
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