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EtymologyEdit

From Proto-Indo-Aryan *námas, from Proto-Indo-Iranian *námas (to bow, prostrate), from Proto-Indo-European *némos (sacrifice, worship). The primary meaning of "bow, salutation" is Rigvedic. It is an s-stem formed on the basis of the verbal root नम् (nam) (compare नमति (námati)), meaning "to bend, bow, to submit oneself".

All alternative meanings are limited to glossaries and lexicographies (Naighaṇṭuka and other collections).

PronunciationEdit

  • (Vedic) IPA(key): /n̪ɐ́.mɐs̪/
  • (Classical) IPA(key): /ˈn̪ɐ.mɐs̪/
  • NounEdit

    नमस् (námasn

    1. bow, obeisance, reverential salutation, adoration (by gesture or word)
    2. food
    3. a thunderbolt
    4. gift, donation

    Derived termsEdit

    NounEdit

    नमस् (námasm

    1. an inarticulate cry