Partridge in a Pear Tree

Partridge in a Pear Tree In the Sanskrit tradition the word for nectar of immortality (amrita) is etymologically linked with the words for pear and pear tree. The pear tree thus symbolizes immortality. In India, the Greek partridge (Cakora, Perdix Rufa) is one of the birds that is supposed to recognize poison or even die at the sight of poison, cf. related birds. viSadarzanamRtyuka. Cf. also the jIvaMjIva which combines the idea of a tree and bird.