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Amarakośa


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The earliest surviving Sanskrit ‘dictionary’, compiled by the lexicographer Amarasiṃha, containing lists of synonyms arranged in simple verse. It is divided into three sections, containing approximately 13 000 terms in total, and covering a wide range of subjects, from the sky, to the earth, to human beings, to language itself. This arrangement provided the model for nearly all subsequent lexicons, and it has been the subject of over forty commentaries.

Subjects: Hinduism.


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