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Monier-Williams: A Sanskrit-English Dictionary (p. 910)
vaṃśa, m. (derivation doubtful) the bamboo cane or any cane (accord. to L. also "sugarcane" and "Shorea Robusta"), RV. &c. &c.; the upper timbers or beams of a house, the rafters or laths fastened to the beams (of a roof; cf. prācīna-v°), AV. &c. &c.; a cross-beam, joist, joint, VarBṛS.; a reed-pipe, flute, fife, Kāv.; Rājat.; the back-bone, spine, VarBṛS.; BhP.; a hollow or tubular bone, BhP. (B.); Sch.; the upper nasal bone L.; the central projecting part of a scimitar or sabre, VarBṛS.; the line of a pedigree or genealogy (from its resemblance to the succession of joints in a bamboo), lineage race, family, stock, ŚBr. &c. &c. (esp. a noble race, a dynasty of kings, a list of teachers &c.; cf. Pāṇ. 2-1, 19, Sch.); offspring, a son, BhP.; (ifc.) a succession or collection of similar things, assemblage multitude, host (as of chariots, stars &c.), Mbh.; Kāv. &c; a partic. measure of length (= 10 Hastas), Līl.; a partic. musical note, Śiś.; pride, arrogance, Vās.; bamboo-manna, L.; N. of Vishṇu, L.; (ā) f. N. of an Apsaras (daughter of Prādhā), MBh.; (ī) f. see s.v.