lakh etymology

English word lakh comes from Pali lakkha, Sanskrit लक्ष्, Sanskrit लाक्षा, Sanskrit लक्षं, and later Hindi लाख (One hundred thousand, lakh, lac.)

Detailed word origin of lakh

Dictionary entryLanguageDefinition
lakkha Pali (pli)
लक्ष् Sanskrit (san)
लाक्षा Sanskrit (san) (plant) a species of plant. A kind of red dye, lac (obtained from the cochineal or a similar insect as well as from the resin of a particular tree). The insect or animal which produces the red dye.
लक्षं Sanskrit (san)
लक्ष Sanskrit (san) A kind of citron L.. A pearl L.. Appearance, show, pretence (cf. -सुप्त). Or n. (prob. fr. √ लग् as ‘that which is attached or fixed’) a mark, sign, token, (esp.) a mark to aim at, target, butt, aim, object, prey, prize RV. ii, 12, 4, &c. &c. (cf. लब्ध-ल्° ; आकाशे लक्षम्-√बन्ध्, to fix the gaze vaguely on space, look into space as if at some object barely visible in the distance Ṡak. ; cf. [...]
लाख Hindi (hin) One hundred thousand, lakh, lac.
لاکھ Urdu (urd) Lakh, lac.
lakh English (eng) (India, Pakistan, Sri Lanka, Hong Kong) One hundred thousand; 100,000. Often used with units of money.

Words with the same origin as lakh

Descendants of lakkha