kṛttikā कृत्तिका

Definition: f. plural (rarely sg. ), Name of a constellation (the Pleiads, originally the first, but in later times the third lunar mansion, having agni- as its regent;this constellation, containing six stars, is sometimes represented as a flame or as a kind of razor or knife;for their oldest namesSee ;in mythol. the six kṛttikā-s are nymphs who became the nurses of the god of war, kārttikeya-) etc.

Dictionary: Monier-Williams
Literary Sources: MBh. iii , 14464, BhP. vi , 14 , 30, TS. iv , 4 , 5 , 1, AV., TS., S3Br.
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