gold-digging ants and pIlu related words

Dr. S. Kalyanaraman MDSAAA48 at GIASMD01.VSNL.NET.IN
Thu Nov 28 06:52:28 UTC 1996

Dear Indology members,
I would appreciate comments and guidance on the following lexemes:
pIliyAr in Tamil (tEvAram. 346,10) refers to Jains.

The Tamil lexicon relates it to pIli which has
the following meanings: peacock's feather; white umbrella, peacock fan.
pIli also means GOLD.

I am told that the pIluka, pIruka referring to a bear in Tamil may be 
derived from Skt. bhIruka, bhIluka from bhallUka, bear.
regards, kalyanaraman.

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