TEE, s. The metallic decoration, generally gilt and hung with tinkling bells, on the top of a dagoba in Indo-Chinese countries, which represents the chatras [chhattras] or umbrellas which in ancient times, as royal emblems, crowned these structures. Burm. h’ti, ‘an umbrella.’

1800.—“ … In particular the Tee, or umbrella, which, composed of open iron-work, crowned the spire, had been thrown down.”—Symes, i. 193.

1855.—“ … gleaming in its white plaster, with numerous pinnacles and tall central spire, we had seen it (Gaudapalen Temple at Pugan) from far down the Irawadi rising like a dim vision of Milan Cathedral. … It is cruciform in plan … exhibiting a massive basement with porches, and rising above in a pyramidal gradation of terraces, crowned by a spire and htee. The latter has broken from its stays at one side, and now leans over almost horizontally. … ”—Yule, Mission to Ava, 1858, p. 42.

1876.—“ … a feature known to Indian archaeologists as a Tee. … ”—Fergusson, Ind. and East. Archit. 64.

TEEK, adj. Exact, precise, punctual; also parsimonious, [a meaning which Platts does not record]. Used in N. India. Hind. thik.

[1843.—“They all feel that the good old rule of right (teek), as long as a man does his duty well, can no longer be relied upon.”—G. W. Johnson, Stranger in India, i. 290.]

[1878.—“ … ‘it is necessary to send an explanation to the magistrate, and the return does not look so thêk’ (a word expressing all excellence).”—Life in the Mofussil, i. 253.]

TEERUT, TEERTHA, s. Skt. and Hind. tirth, tirtha. A holy place of pilgrimage and of bathing for the good of the soul, such as Hurdwar, or the confluence at Praag (Allahabad).

[1623.—“The Gentiles call it Ramtirt, that is, Holy Water.”—P. della Valle, Hak. Soc. ii. 205.]

c. 1790.—“Au temple l’enfant est reçue par les devedaschies (Deva-dasi) des mains de ses parens, et après l’avoir baignée dans le tirtha ou étang du temple, elles lui mettent des vêtemens neufs. … ”—Haafner, ii. 114.

[1858.—“He then summoned to the place no less than three crores and half, or thirty millions and half of teeruts, or angels (sic) who preside each over his special place of religious worship.”—Sleeman, Journey through Oudh, ii. 4.]

TEHR, TAIR, &c., s. The wild goat of the Himalaya; Hemitragus jemlaicus, Jerdon, [Blanford, Mammalia, 509]. In Nepal it is called jharal. (See SURROW).

TEJPAT, s. Hind. tejpat, Skt. tejapatra, ‘pungent leaf.’ The native name for malabathrum.

1833.—“Last night as I was writing a long description of the tez-pat, the leaf of the cinnamon-tree, which humbly pickles beef, leaving the honour of crowning heroes to the Laurus nobilis. … ”—Wanderings of a Pilgrim, i. 278.

1872.—Tejpát is mentioned as sold by the village shopkeeper, in Govinda Samanta, i. 223.

(1)TELINGA, n.p. Hind. Tilanga, Skt. Tailanga. One of the people of the country east of the Deccan, and extending to the coast, often called, at least since the Middle Ages, Tiliñgana or Tilangana, sometimes Tiling or Tilang. Though it has not, perhaps, been absolutely established that this came from a form Triliñga, the habitual application of Tri-Kaliñga, apparently to the same region which in later days was called Tilinga, and the example of actual use of Triliñga, both by Ptolemy (though he carries us beyond the Ganges) and by a Tibetan author quoted below, do make this a reasonable supposition (see Bp. Caldwell’s Dravidian Grammar, 2nd ed. Introd. pp. 30 seqq., and the article KLING in this book).

A.D. c. 150.—“ [Greek Text] Triglupton, to kai Triliggon Basileion … [Greek Text] k. t. l.”—Ptolemy, vi. 2, 23.

1309.—“On Saturday the 10th of Sha’bn, the army marched from that spot, in order that the pure tree of Islám might be planted and flourish in the soil of Tilang, and the evil tree which had struck its roots deep, might be torn up by force. … When the blessed canopy had been fixed about a mile from Arangal (Warangal, N.E. of Hyderabad), the tents around the fort were pitched so closely that the head of a needle could not get between them.”—Amir Khusru, in Elliot, iii. 80.

1321.—“In the year 721 H. the

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