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|Ear of the Vedapurusa||
Nirukta serves the purpose of a Vedic dictionary, or 'kosa'. A dictionary is also called a 'nighantu', which term is used in Tamil also. Nirukta, which deals with the origin of words, their roots, that is with etymology, is the ear of the Vedapurusa. It explains the meaning of rare words in the Vedas and how or why they are used in a particular context. Many have contributed to Nirukta, the work of Yaska being ...
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