दृषद् f. [दॄ अदि षुक् ह्रस्वश्च; cf. Uṇ.1.128] 1 A rock, large stone, or stone in general; तत्र व्यक्तं दृषदि चरणन्यास- मर्धेन्दुमौलेः Me.55; R.4.74; Bh.1.38. -2 A mill-stone, a flat stone for grinding condiments upon; भित्वा मृषाश्रु- र्द्दषदश्मना रहः Bhāg.1.9.6. -Comp. -अश्मन् m., -पुत्रः the upper and smaller mill-stone. -उपलः a grind-stone for grinding condiments upon. (दृषदिमाषकः a tax raised from mill stones). -सारम् iron; दृषत्साररुतत्त्वामृतमपि भवाम्भो- निधिगतः Mv.6.52.
Appears in the Rigveda and Atharvaveda to denote not a millstone, but merely a stone used to pound grain, which was placed on another stone as a support. When used later in connexion with Upalā, the lower and the upper millstone, or mortar and pestle may be meant; but this is not certain. Eggeling renders them as the large and small millstones. See also Upara and Upalā.
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