Caryota urens - Bherli Mad

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Ulhas

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Feb 25, 2011, 4:58:54 AM2/25/11
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Caryota urens or Fishtail Palm is known as Bherli Mad or Dongri Mad in Maharashtra.

Can anyone inform me about the origin / meaning of the name 'Bherli Mad'?

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Ulhas

Anand Kumar Bhatt

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Feb 25, 2011, 5:55:17 AM2/25/11
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I can only say that fishtail palm sap juice is like toddy which is taken by the tribals for intoxication. MAD is the starch of rice. The juice of fish tail palm is also milky white. In Bastar it is called sulfi, and the tribal who has this tree is considered  rich and lucky.
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Jun 13, 2011, 1:26:53 AM6/13/11
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Forwarding again for any assistance in the matter please.

Some earlier relevant feedback:

“I can only say that fishtail palm sap juice is like toddy which is taken by the tribals for intoxication. MAD is the starch of rice. The juice of fish tail palm is also milky white. In Bastar it is called sulfi, and the tribal who has this tree is considered  rich and lucky.
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Dinesh Valke

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Jun 13, 2011, 2:40:32 AM6/13/11
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... भेरली माड bherali mad (variants: भेरला माड, भेरली भाड, भेरळ, भेरळी माड) ... more commonly known as सुरमाड surmad

सुर sur is generic name for liquor OR wine, and thus would भेरळ OR भेरल bheral mean some kind of liquor ... requesting Marathi-knowing friend to validate.
माड mad is generic name for palm in Konkan (used in both Marathi and Konkani)


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Dinesh
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