Dan Lusthaus lusthaus at g.harvard.edu
Sun Sep 12 18:43:14 UTC 2021

Hi Jim,

Not exactly “mythological,” but Monier-Williams offers “pāṇini m. (according to, Pāṇ. 4-1, 95  patr. fr. pāṇina).”

Pāṇina in turn is referred to “paṇin m. N. of a man, Pāṇ. 6-4, 165  (cf. pāṇina and °ni).”


> On Sep 12, 2021, at 2:00 PM, Jim Ryan via INDOLOGY <indology at list.indology.info> wrote:
> Hi,
> I'm curious if there are any creative etymologies or mythological explanations for the name “Pāṇini.” I don’t recall encountering any over the years. The word itself seems to be neuter in gender (if we assume an “in” suffix) and therefore somewhat unusual in designating a person.
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