[INDOLOGY] Naga Jolokia

Elliot Stern emstern1948 at gmail.com
Sat Jan 12 17:46:22 UTC 2019

Dear Daniel,

I found this entry on page 391 of Candrakānta Abhidhāna (available at https://dsalsrv04.uchicago.edu/dictionaries/candrakanta/ <https://dsalsrv04.uchicago.edu/dictionaries/candrakanta/>) by inputting the search term capsicum. It reports in square brackets a derivation from a form of the Sanskrit root jvāl.

জলকীয়া   জলকীয়া [সং. জ্বাল্] বি. খেতিত হোবা এবিধ ক্ষুদ্ৰ গছ আৰু তাৰ জলা গুটি [ইয়াৰ কেইবাবিধো আছে; যেনে কণ-জলকীয়া, ভোট-জলকীয়া, লতা-জলকীয়া]; chilli; capsicum.


> On Jan 12, 2019, at 9:50 AM, Balogh Dániel via INDOLOGY <indology at list.indology.info> wrote:
> Dear Colleagues,
> out of curiosity, would any of you have knowledge about the word jolokia in the name of the infamous chili pepper Naga Jolokia (also Bhut Jolokia and Bih Jolokia, where Bhut is definitely भूत and Bih may be a tadbhava from विष). At any rate, I'd welcome any hints about jolokia: what language this word is in, and what its original meaning may be. The spelling in the original language is also of interest.
> Thank you,
> Daniel
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