[INDOLOGY] Mercury and quicksilver

Arlo Griffiths arlogriffiths at hotmail.com
Mon Sep 12 13:08:38 UTC 2016

Dear colleagues,

Does 'quicksilver/mercury' (the liquid metal) ever get called 'Mercury' (the planet) in Sanskrit, or is this homonymy only a feature of European languages?

I ask because I am wondering whether baudha can mean 'related to quicksilver' and be a designation of mercury gilding. Apropos, does anyone known technical designations of mercury gilding in Sanskrit?

Thank you.

Arlo Griffiths

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