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From Proto-Indo-Iranian *karš-, from Proto-Indo-European *kʷels-. Compare Avestan 𐬐𐬀𐬭𐬱𐬀𐬌𐬙𐬌 (karšaiti), modern Persian کشیدن (kešidan).


कर्षति (karṣati)

  1. to draw, drag, pull, tear (RV., AV., ŚBr., etc.)
  2. to lead, conduct (MBh.)
  3. to bend a bow
  4. to master, overpower (Mn., MBh.), R., Pañcat.)
  5. to obtain (Mn.)
  6. to take something from another (Vop.)
  7. to plough (RV., AV., TS., ŚBr., etc.)
  8. to tear out (MBh.)
  9. to pull around, cause pain, torture, torment (Mn., MBh., etc.)


  • 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 0306