use of "draavi.da"?

K S Arjunwadkar arjunwadkar at MCMAIL.COM
Thu Aug 5 05:17:07 UTC 1999

Date sent:              Wed, 4 Aug 1999 11:55:46 -0400
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From:                   Madhav Deshpande <mmdesh at UMICH.EDU>
Subject:                use of "draavi.da"?
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> Hello,
>         Monier-Williams says that the Sanskrit word "draavi.da", among
> other things, collectively refers to the speakers of Telugu, Kannada,
> Tamil, Malayalam, and Tulu.  He does not cite any references for such a
> use from any classical source.  I would very much like to find out if
> anyone has come across such a use of this word either in Sanskrit or in
> Dravidian language sources? Of course, we often use this word in this
> sense in modern times, but was there such a collective single reference in
> pre-modern times?
>         Best,
>                                         Madhav Deshpande

Reply/August 4

Apte's Dictionary records this word (v.l. drAviDa) as occurring in
this sense in DaNDin's DazakumAracarita. BANabhaTTa also
describes a 'jarad-draviDa'.

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