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From Proto-Indo-Iranian, from Proto-Indo-European *tr̥nom, *(s)ter-n- (sharp stalk or thorn), possibly derived from *ster- (stiff). Cognate with Gothic 𐌸𐌰𐌿𐍂𐌽𐌿𐍃 (þaurnus), Old Norse þorn, and Old English þorn, English thorn, and Old Church Slavonic трънъ (trŭnŭ, thorn).


तृण (tṛ́ṇan

  1. grass, herb, any gramineous plant, blade of grass, straw (often symbolic of minuteness and worthlessness) (RV. etc.)
    • RV 1.161.11a
      उद्वत्स्वस्मा अक्र्णोतन तृणं निवत्स्वपः सवपस्यय नरः |
      अगोह्यस्य यदसस्तना गर्हे तदद्येदं रभवो नानु गछथ ||
      udvatsvasmā akṛṇotana tṛṇaṃ nivatsvapaḥ svapasyaya naraḥ |
      aghohyasya yadasastanā ghṛhe tadadyedaṃ ṛbhavo nānu ghachatha ||
      On the high places ye have made the grass for man, and water in the valleys, by your skill, O Men.
      Ṛbhus, ye iterate not to-day that act of yours, your sleeping in the house of him whom naught can hide.



  • Sir Monier Monier-Williams (1898) A Sanskrit-English dictionary etymologically and philologically arranged with special reference to cognate Indo-European languages, Oxford: Clarendon Press, page 0453