f. (of doubtful derivation) the vīṇā- or Indian lute (an instrument of the guitar kind, supposed to have been invented by nārada-q.v,usually having seven wires or strings raised upon nineteen frets or supports fixed on a long rounded board, towards the ends of which are two large gourds;its compass is said to be two octaves, but it has many varieties according to the number of strings etc.) etc.
वीणा 1 The (Indian) lute; मूकीभूतायां वीणायाम् K.; उत्सङ्गे वा मलिनवसने सौम्य निक्षिप्य वीणाम् Me.88. -2 Lightning. -3 A particular configuration of stars. -Comp. -अनुबन्धः the tie of a lute; -आस्यः an epithet of Nārada. -दण्डः the neck of a lute; न हि तुम्बीफलविकलो वीणादण्डः प्रयाति महिमानम् Bv.1.8. -पाणिः N. of Nārada. -प्रसेवः the damper on a lute. -वादः, -वादकः a lutanist.
f. Indian lute: -karna, m. Lute ear, N.; (v&isharp;nâ)-ganagin, m. leader of a musi cal band; -gâthín, m. lute-player; -datta, m. N. of a Gandharva; -rava, m. sound of the lute; a. humming like a lute: â, f. N. of a fly; -vatsa-râga, m. N. of a king; -vâdá, m. lute-player; playing on the lute; -vâdya, n. playing on the lute; -vinoda, m. N. of a fairy; -silpa, n. art of playing the lute; -hasta, a. holding a lute in hishand (Siva).
In the later Samhitās and the Brāhmaṇas denotes a ‘lute.’ A Vīṇā-vāda, ‘lute-player,’ is included in the list of victims at the Puruṣamedha (‘human sacrifice’) in the Yajurveda, and is also mentioned elsewhere. The Aitareya Áraṇ- yaka, which states that the instrument was once covered with a hairy skin, enumerates its parts as śiras, ‘head ’ (i.e., neck); Udara, ‘cavity’; Ambhaαa, ‘sounding board’; Tantra, ‘string’; and Vādana, ‘ plectrum.’ In the śatapatha Brāhmaṇa6 the Uttaramandrā is either a tune or a kind of lute. Cf. Vāṇa.
noun (feminine) (in astrol.) a particular configuration of the stars (when all planets are situated in 7 houses) (Monier-Williams, Sir M. (1988))
lightning (Monier-Williams, Sir M. (1988))
name of a river (Monier-Williams, Sir M. (1988))
name of a Yoginī (Monier-Williams, Sir M. (1988))
the Vīṇā or Indian lute (Monier-Williams, Sir M. (1988))
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