haṃsa हंस

Definition: m. (in fine compositi or 'at the end of a compound' f(ā-).; according to to fr.1. han-,"to go?") a goose, gander, swan, flamingo (or other aquatic bird, considered as a bird of passage;sometimes a mere poetical or mythical bird, said in to be able to separate soma- from water, when these two fluids are mixed, and in later literature, milk from water when these two are mixed;also forming in the vehicle of the aśvin-s, and in later literature that of brahmā-; in fine compositi or 'at the end of a compound' also = "best or chief among") etc.

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Literary Sources: Un2. iii , 62, RV., RV., RV.
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