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Subject: Re: What is the meaning of Indian name Ushoshi?
Author: তন্ময় ভ   (guest, 65.100.127.172)
Date: June 27, 2010 at 1:58:29 PM
Reply to: Re: What is the meaning of Indian name Ushoshi? by Anneza
As I said, it normally means dawn.

In fact,the dawn/evening ambiguity exists also for the common word for evening in Sanskrit: sandhyA. That comes from a word which means to join (sam- together dhi to establish). There were three joins in a twenty four hour period: when the morning met afternoon (midday), when afternoon met night (evening), and when night met morning (dawn). The word is today used almost exclusively (except in the phrase tri-sandhyA three joins) for evening.

In English, twilight has a similar ambiguous connotation, though it is used more often for the evening than for dawn.

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