[Q] bholantikaa, tailapaayin
mmdesh at umich.edu
Tue May 14 10:27:52 EDT 1996
Apte's The Practical Sanskrit-English Dictionary, 1958 edition, Prasad
Prakashan, Poona, Vol. II, p. 786, lists taipapaayin and cites a passage
from the Mahaabhaarata. Apte interprets this word as referring to "a
kind of cockroach". He also lists taila_ambukaa, tailapaka, tailapakaa,
tailapaa, tailapaayikaa, and tailacaurikaa in the same sense.
On Tue, 14 May 1996, Dominik Wujastyk wrote:
> In the Kaa"sysapasa.mhitaa, a medical text, there is a list of birds which
> includes the names "bholantikaa" and "tailapaayin". I have an idea that
> the latter may be a bat or flying fox, rather than a bird, though I am not
> sure. But I have so far not been able to find either of these bird names
> in the dictionaries.
> Any suggestions?
> Dominik Wujastyk
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