mwd) dAnava m. (fr. 2. {dAu}) a class of demons often identified with the Daityas or Asuras and held to be implacable enemies of the gods or Devas (described as children of Danu and Kasyapa , sometimes reckoned as 40 in number MBh. i , 252 ; sometimes as 100 &c.) {I}) f. a female Danu; mf.({I})n. belonging to the Danu MBh. R. &c. The Danavas in the Mahabharata have been identified with the Ksatriya kings with an associated date of about 3,200 BCE. Wiki: Danavas