धन्वन् m., n. 1 A dry soil, desert, waste: एवं धन्वनि चम्पकस्य सकले संहारहेतावपि Bv.1.31; Mb.1.175.5. -2 Shore, firm land. -3 The sky. -4 A bow; किमात्मभव- धन्वना यदि सुसंयुताः कुन्तलाः Mv.6.9. -Comp. -दुर्गम् a fort inaccessible on account of a surrounding desert; cf. Ms.7.7.
Bow,’ is found frequently in the Rigveda and later. It also occurs in the compounds isu-dhaηva, ‘ bow and arrow,’ ājya-dhaηva, ‘ having clarified butter for its bow,’ adhijya-dhaηva, ‘ bow with string fixed,’ etc. Cf. Dhanus.
Desert,’ is repeatedly mentioned in the Rigveda and later. Death from thirst in the desert was not rare, and the value of a spring in the desert was fully appreciated. The great desert east of the Sindhu (Indus) and the Sutudrī (Sutlej) is possibly referred to in one hymn of the Rigveda.
noun (neuter) a bow. (esp. ifc) (Monier-Williams, Sir M. (1988))
a desert (Monier-Williams, Sir M. (1988))
a waster (Monier-Williams, Sir M. (1988))
dry soil (Monier-Williams, Sir M. (1988))
rain-bow (Monier-Williams, Sir M. (1988))
shore (Monier-Williams, Sir M. (1988))
the sign of the zodiac Sagittarius (Monier-Williams, Sir M. (1988))
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