[INDOLOGY] Etymology of mukura / makura

Toke Lindegaard Knudsen toke.knudsen at hum.ku.dk
Thu Apr 26 08:05:33 UTC 2018

Hi all,

The two Sanskrit words mukura and makura both mean ‘mirror.’ I’m trying to understand their etymology.

Other meanings given in MW are ‘the stick or handle of a potter's wheel’ and ‘a bud, blossom.’ Turner’s _A Comparative Dictionary of the Indo-Aryan Languages_ connects the words to mukula and bakula, meaning ‘bud’ and ‘the tree Mimusops elengi,’ respectively. Burrow and Emeneau’s _Dravidian Etymological Dictionary_ (entry 4619), also connects the two words with  Mimusops elengi.

How did mukura and makura come to mean ‘mirror’ in Sanskrit?

Many thanks in advance.

All best wishes,

Toke Lindegaard Knudsen, Ph.D.

Associate Professor and Marie Skłodowska-Curie Fellow
Department of Cross-Cultural and Regional Studies
University of Copenhagen

<toke.knudsen at hum.ku.dk>

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