pṛśniparṇī पृश्निपर्णी

Definition: (‘Having a speckled leaf ’) is the name of a plant mentioned in a hymn of the Atharvaveda as a protection against evil beings procuring abortion, called Kanvas (pre­sumably a sign of hostility to the Kaçva family). It also appears in the śatapatha Brahmana, being identified with Hermionitis cordifolia by the St. Petersburg Dictionary, but Roth in a subsequent contribution suggests that it is the same as a plant later called laksmanā, and regarded as curing barrenness. The scholiast on the Kātyāyana śrauta Sūtra thinks that the Glycine debilis is meant.


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