By M. A. Alwar
Sometimes transliterated as: Ilisah, IlIZaH, Ilishah
• Ilīśaḥ - m. ilanti apsu drutaṁ gacchantīti ela drutagāmino matsyāḥ . teṣām īśaḥ (The king of ila-s – a kind of fish which move rapidly in water. Ila+ka. A kind of fish – śabdaratnāvalī. Vaidyakadravyaguṇa states that ilīśa is sweet, oily and cures deficiency of bile and phlegm, and also slow digestion. Udbhaṭa Trans. “ilīśa excels nectar; vācā is beyond words; Rohita is said to be good for us; Madgura is dear to my guru”.
- Shabdakalpadrumah by Raja Radhakantdev, Varadaprasada Vasu, Haricarana Vasu