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.
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