AlAta, ulkA, ulmuka

Allen Thrasher athr at
Thu Nov 14 15:49:11 UTC 1996

Dear colleagues,

A private scholar without access to a really good academic library or
email has asked me to post a query.  Have there been any articles or other
writings on the etymology of these Sanskrit words, alAta 'firebrand,'
ulkA 'meteor,' and ulmuka, 'firebrand' since Mayrhofer discussed them in
Kurtzgefasstes etymologisches woerterbuch des altindischen in 1951?
Mayrhofer can only cite a couple of very tentative articles for each.
Could there be a non-IE source?

Thanks for your help.

Allen W. Thrasher
Senior Reference Librarian
Southern Asia Section
Library of Congress
Washington, DC 20540-4814
tel. (202) 707-5600
fax  (202) 707-1724
email: athr at

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