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Etymology of withania

New Delhi, India

Very good website to know etymology of botanical names of plants and info for plants.
Would like to know the etymology of withania.

Lee's Summit, MO(Zone 6a)

Have you done a google.com search?

Keaau, HI

What does "etymology" mean?

Lee's Summit, MO(Zone 6a)

Etymology is the study of the history of words and how their form and meaning have changed over time.

Keaau, HI


Latin is used for Binomial Nomenclature because it does not change over time.

Withania somnifera, Ashwaganda is a novelty among the hippie culture in the US, but is still not well known in the West. As is most Ayurvedic Medicine.

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noonamah, Australia

Some time ago I found this link to a site which explains the meaning of botanical epithets. You might find something helpful there.


New Delhi, India

Sorry, no links you have posted have helped

Keaau, HI

Exactly what information are you looking for?

New Delhi, India

No one in this forum knows the derivation (etymology )of withania?Googled it up but did not find it anywhere.

New Delhi, India

Like somnifera means sleep inducing.What is the meaning of withania? Or from where this word came and how and by whom it was coined? Is it the name of a famous person? Which language the word is from?

Pasig City, Philippines

Got interested in this thread and googled whithania. Here's an interesting find:

Plant Name : Withania Sominifera
Family: Solanaceae
Local Name: Ashwa - Ghanda ; Meaning: Horse Smell

Source: Indian Journal of Traditional Knowledge
Vol. 7 (2), April 2008, pp 365-370

Keaau, HI

Derivation of the botanical name:
Withania for withanine, the main constituents of this plant.
somnifera, somnifer, sleep bringing ; meaning sleep inducing The name ashwagandha (one of the common names for this herb) comes from the sanskrit meaning "horse-like-smell". Apparently, this name not only refers to the smell of the herb but also its strengthening and aphrodisiac qualities. It is sometimes called “Indian Ginseng”.


Keaau, HI

As the plant is poisonous, care should be taken when using it.

Keaau, HI


I believe that Withania was named for WIlliam Withering.

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