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कन्या (kanyāfUrdu spelling کنیا

  1. girl
  2. virgin
  3. daughter



From Proto-Indo-European *ken- (new, fresh), whence also कनीन (kanī́na, young, youthful). Cognates include Latin re-cēns (recent; fresh; young) and Ancient Greek καινός (kainós, new).


कन्या (kanyā́f

  1. girl, virgin, daughter
  2. the sign of the zodiac Virgo
  3. the female of any animal
  4. name of Durga
  5. (botany) name of a tuberous plant growing in Kashmir
  6. Aloe perfoliata; rubble aloe, mitre aloe
  7. name of several other plants
  8. (prosody) name of a metre (of four lines, each of them containing four long syllables)




  • Sir Monier Monier-Williams, A Sanskrit-English dictionary etymologically and philologically arranged with special reference to cognate Indo-European languages, Oxford: Clarendon Press, 1898, page 0249
  • Arthur A. Macdonell, A practical Sanskrit dictionary with transliteration, accentuation, and etymological analysis throughout, London: Oxford University Press, 1893, page 062
  • Horace Hayman Wilson, A dictionary in Sanscrit and English, 2nd ed., Calcutta: Education Press, Circular Road, 1832, page 187
  • Carl Capeller, A Sanskrit-English dictionary, based upon the St. Petersburg lexicons, London: Luzac & Co., 1891, page 108