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By M. A. Alwar

Aṃśa literally means 'vibhājanam'.

Origin of the Word Aṃśa[edit]

The verb root means the ‘division or making parts of something’ according to the Kavikalpadruma. The penultimate phoneme is the palatal.

Meaning of Aṃśa[edit]

The meaning of aṃśa is from the verb root ‘bhāj’ which means separation.

Example of Aṃśa[edit]

The example can be quoted from the verse in the literature Durgādāsa’s Dhātudīpikā.[1] The meaning of the verse is ‘the merchant divides the money into parts’.


  1. 'अंशयति अंशापयति धनं वणिक्।'. It is pronounced as ‘aṃśayati aṃśāpayati dhanaṃ vaṇik.'
  • Shabdakalpadrumah by Raja Radhakantdev, Varadaprasada Vasu, Haricarana Vasu

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