THE SANSKRIT CONNECTION TO THE WORD ‘DAUGHTER’

There are many synonyms for ‘daughter’ in Sanskrit, which include ‘tanujA’ (तनुजा) – literal meaning ‘born from the body’, the ‘A’ at the end denotes feminine gender), ‘nandini’ (नन्दिनी)- one who brings joy), and, angajA (अङ्गजा) which means ‘born of a body part’.

The closest Sanskrit cognates to ‘daughter’ are duhitr’ (दुहितृ) and ‘duhita’ (दुहिता). In Sanskrit, each word is derived from a root word, the root describes a property of the word. The nouns ‘duhita’ and ‘duhitr’ are derived from the root verb ‘duha’ (दुह्) which means ‘milking’, ‘yielding’ or ‘granting’. And it is to ‘duhitr’ that the origin of the word ‘daughter’ is traced to.

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