kroṣṭṛ क्रोष्टृ

Definition: (lit. ‘howler’), the ‘jackal,’ is mentioned in the Rigveda as by nature cowardly compared with the wild boar (Varāha). In the Atharvaveda it is spoken of as devouring corpses. The word also occurs in the Vājasaneyi Samhitā, where the commentator glosses it with Srgāla, another name of the jackal. See also Lopāśa.

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