vyadhvara व्यध्वर

Definition: Perforating,’ designates a worm in one passage of the Atharvaveda, where there seems to be no good reason to alter the reading to Vyadvara, though Whitney thinks that it may rather be connected with vi-adhvan than with the root vyadh, ‘pierce.’ The term occurs with Maśaka,‘fly,’ in the Hiraṇyakeśi Gṛhya Sūtra, and perhaps also in another passage of the Atharvaveda, where, however, both Whitney and Shañkar Paṇdit read Vyadvara.

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