[INDOLOGY] "Puspika"

Tyler Williams tylerwwilliams at gmail.com
Fri May 5 22:15:03 UTC 2017

Dear colleagues,

Is anyone aware of a publication that addresses the etymology or use of the
term puṣpikā/puṣpakā as a closing formula of a text or manuscript? This
meaning is not attested in pre-modern North Indian vernaculars, and appears
to enter Hindi in the twentieth century via Sanskrit lexicography (i.e.
Syamsundardas, author of the *Hindī Śabda Sāgara, *appears to have copied
his entry for puspikā from Monier-Williams's dictionary). I've checked a
few sources on codicology that use the term, but they give no information
on the term itself.

With thanks,

Tyler Williams
University of Chicago

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