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Dehi-aňga, Pol-gaha-aňga, Kuṁbal-aňga

தெ₃ஹி-அங்க₃, பொல்-க₃ஹ-அங்க₃, கும்ப₃ல்-அங்க₃
Dehi-aňga, Pol-gaha-aňga, Kuṁbal-aňga

Dehi+aňga
Pol+gaha+aňga
Kuṁbal+aňga


The part of land having lime shrubs

The part of land having coconut palms

The part or land settled by potters; or the part of land found with Kuṁbal trees or shrubs


Aňga1 a part or unit of land (Sinhala place names); Aňga, Ańga, Aṅga: body, limb, part, (Sinhala, Clough); Aṅkam: body, limb, part, division (Tamil, usage seen after c. 6th century CE); Aṅga: limb, body (Sanskrit, Rig Vedic, CDIAL 114)
Aňga2 also Ańga: a strip of land set aside along the banks of a paddy field stretch; "Kuṁburu yāyakin goḍabimaṭa nerā giya kuḍā kẹbẹlla" (Sinhala, Sorata cites the example Ala-kola-aňga); etymology uncertain, may be related to Aňga 1 or to Ańka: flank or part of a body above the hip (Sinhala, Clough; Sanskrit, CDIAL 100)
Dehi also Desi, Dessa: lime, of which there are several species in the island, Citrus limetta (Sinhala, Clough); Tēcik-kāy: lime (Eezham Tamil); probably meaning country fruit or native fruit; Des: land, country (Sinhala, Clough); Dēśa: province, country (Sanskrit, CDIAL 6547); place, country (Pali, CDIAL 6547); root is traced to Dis: quarter or region pointed at, direction, cardinal point (Sanskrit, Rig Vedic, Athava Vedic, Monier Williams); Desīya: peculiar to or inhabiting a country, indigenous (Sanskrit, CDIAL 6555); Tē-em: direction (Tamil, Caṅkam diction, Akanāṉūṟu, 48: 24); country (Tamil, Caṅkam diction, Naṟṟiṇai, 371: 3); Tēyam: place, country (Tamil, Caṅkam diction, Akanāṉūṟu, 383: 4; Puṟanāṉūṟu, 217: 10-11; in Tamil the form Tēcam/ Tēcikam appears only after the Caṅkam times)
Kuṁbal1 potter (Sinhala, Sorata); Kumbal: potter (Sinhala, Epigraphia Zeylanica, I, 89, 40); also Kuṁbalā (singular), Kuṁballu (plural): potter (Sinhala, Clough); Kumbhakāra: potter (Sanskrit, Pali, CDIAL 3310); Kumbha: jar, pot (Sanskrit, CDIAL 3308); Kumiḻ: (verb) to be spherical or conical, form into bubble (Tamil, DED 2106)
Kuṁbal2 probably meaning certain trees, shrubs or plants in place names; Kuṁbaḷu: a tree, wild bilimbi, Val-biliň, Ailantaus malabarica (Sinhala, Clough); Kumbhōlu: a plant, Amyrus agallocha (Sinhala, Clough, App.). See column 476
Polgaha coconut tree (Sinhala). See column 158


In the context of place names, Aňga in Sinhala means a part or unit of land. The usage comes from the word meaning a limb of body in Sinhala as well as in Sanskrit and Pali. In Tamil, the use of a cognate Aṅkam comes after c. 6th century CE.

In another usage exclusive to Sinhala, Aňga also means a strip of land set aside along the banks of a paddy field stretch. This usage may be related to Ańka in Sinhala and Sanskrit meaning the flank part of a body above the hip.

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Dehi-aňga is a place in Yatinuwara division of Kandy district.

Pol-gaha-aňga is in Udunuwara division of Kandy district.

Kuṁbal-aňga is in Ibbagamuva division of Kurunegala district

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Some related place names:

Aňga 1:

Uḍaňgāva: Katana, Gampaha; Ambanpola, Kurunegala. Uḍa-aňgāva?

Bāň-aňga: Thumpane, Kandu

Millaňga: Pathadumbara, Kandy. Milla+aňga. Milla: a tree

Dẹli-kaṇu-aňga: Narammala, Kurunegala

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Probably related to Aňga 2:

Aňgam-piṭiya: Padukka, Colombo; Wennappuwa, Puttalam. Related to Aňga 2?

Aňkaḍa: Badalkuṁbura, Moneragala. The place name is found only in one instance. Aňka+kaḍa?; Kaḍa: piece

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Dehi:

Dehi-vala: Dehiwala, Colombo

Dehiya-gāta: Ja-Ela, Gampaha

Dehi-deniya: Thumpane, Kandy; Yatinuwara, Kandy

Dehi-vatta: Pujapitiya, Kandy; Seruvila, Trincomalee

Dehi-deniya Maḍigē: Hatharaliyadda, Kandy

Dehi-gama: Yatinuwara, Kandy; Kuliyapitiya East, Kurunegala; Rideemaliyadda, Badulla

Dehi-pā-goḍa: Udunuwara, Kandy

Dehi-piṭiya: Ukuwela, Matale

Dehi-pē: Hanguranketha, Nuwara Eliya

Dehi-gas-tẹnna: Ambagamuwa, Nuwara Eliya

Dehi-gas-pa: Pitabeddara, Matara

Dehi-gaha-landa: Hambantota, Hambantota

Dehi-gaha-hēna: Walasmulla, Hambantota

Dehi-atta-kaṇṭiya: Dehiattakandiya, Ampara

Dehi-kuṁbura: Weerambugedera, Kurunegala

Dehi-golla: Mahiyanganaya, Badulla

Dehi-vinna: Hali-Ela, Badulla

Dehi-attā-vela: Bibile, Moneragala

Dehi-gas-talāva: Balangoda, Ratnapura

Dehi-maḍuva: Mawanella, Kegalle

Dehi-ōviṭa: Dehiovita, Kegalle

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Kuṁbal 1: seems to be meaning potters

Kuṁbal-gamuva: Walapane, Nuwara Eliya

Kuṁbal-goḍa: Kirinda Puhulwella, Matara

Kuṁbal-gama: Imbulpe, Ratnapura; Mawanella, Kegalle; Warakapola, Kegalle

Kuṁbal-diwela: Rambukkana, Kegalle

Udu-kuṁbal-vela: Ẹlla, Badulla

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Kuṁbal 2: seems to be meaning Kuṁbal trees, shrubs or plants

Kuṁbal-oluva: Mirigama, Gampaha; Ambangangakorale, Matale; Kothmale, Nuwara Eliya; Rambukkana, Kegalle

Kuṁbala-mala-hēna: Baddegama, Galle

Kuṁbal-vẹlla: Galle Four Gravets, Galle

Kuṁbal-vala: Kuliyapitiya West, Kurunegala

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Revised: Tuesday, 06 June 2017, 18:30

First published: Wednesday, 18 July 2007, 01:00

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