martin.gansten at pbhome.se
Sun Feb 7 10:15:35 UTC 2016
In the astrological work /Tājikamuktāvali /by Tuka (1.41) there is a
compound /khābdhīrakebhyaḥ /which, from the context, has to mean 'from
forty and ten, [respectively]'. This is supported by the explicatory
numerals inserted by several mss: /khābdhī 40 rakebhyaḥ 10/, etc; but I
haven't found anything like /iraka/īraka/ in any dictionary or list of
/bhūtasaṃkhyā /numerals. (Some mss emend to /-īkhakebhyaḥ/, which
doesn't really help.) If anyone has come across this way of expressing
the value 10 elsewhere, I'd be grateful for a reference, and even more
so for an explanation of the word.
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