gotra गोत्र

Definition: lit. family. The word is used by Panini in the technical sense of a descendant except the son or a daughter; cf. अपत्यं पौत्रप्रभृति गोत्रम् P. IV. 1.162. The word गोत्रापत्य is also used in the same sense. The affix, which is found many times in the sense of gotra, barring the usual अण्, is यञ्; cf. गर्गादिभ्यो यञ् P. IV. 1.105.

Dictionary: Abhyankar
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