A Compendium is, on the one hand comprehensive, and on the other, compressed. It is like a dictionary, like a digest and is to an extent encyclopedic. A properly-prepared compendium well serve as an excellent reference-tool.
It is well known that the Vedas cannot be cultivated without the help of their Angas. Of these six Angas, Yaska's Nirukta is of immense importance. It is the oldest Indian Treatise on Etymology, Philology and Semantics. Autorin The Tamils were introduced to the compilation of dictionary only during the beginning of the eighteenth century, though they were always the celebrated compilers of Nikantu-s. Tivakaram compiled by Tivakarar who was patronised by Centan of Ambar, Pinkalantai by Pinkalar, son of a certain Tivakarar, Nikantu-Cutamani by Mandala-purutan, Uri-col-nikantu by Karikeyan, Kayataram by Kayatarar, Parati-tipam by Tiruvenkata Bharati alias Paramananda Bharati, Aciriya-nikantu by Audi Pulavar, Potikai-nikantu by Swaminatha Kavirayar, Apitana-tani-c ceyyul-nikantu by Gopalasami Naicker, Kantacuvamiyam by Subrahmanya Desikar, kailaca-nikan tu-culamani allegedly by Kailaca, Namatipa-nikantu by Subrahmanya Kavirayar, Tokai-nikantu by Subrahmanya Kavirayar, Poruttokai-nikantu by Subrahmanya Bharati, Tokai-p-peyar-vilakkam by Vedagiri Mudaliyar, and other nikantus attest to the glory of the Tamil scholars who were great compilers of class-vocabularies which correspond to the modern 'thesaurus', and group-names.
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