Derivation of the word/s Kannada & Karnaataka

Venkatraman Iyer venkatraman_iyer at HOTMAIL.COM
Sun Dec 31 22:19:07 EST 2000

>4.  [...]Fragrance is indicated by the derivation from 'kammittu'
>(=fragrant) + naadu(=country) which words when compounded become
>5.  Kannaadu, that is Kannada thus means the language of the fragrant
>country, and the epithet 'fragrant'may be considered appropriate to the
>Kannada country abounding as it does in sandal [wood] forests and
>lotus ponds, the later being invariably described by Kannada poets as
>one of its most characteristic features."

The words kannaDa/karnATaka has nothing to do etymologically
with "kammittu"=(fragrant).

Happy 2001,
V. Iyer

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