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Is Tejasvi, a masculine or feminine term or name in Sanskrit?

Any references from Hindu scripture or Sanskrit literature on how this word is used?

Some websites say that Tejasvi is neutral, while, Tejasvee or Tejasvī (with a long I) is masculine and Tejasvini is feminine.

Any Sanskrit experts here who can answer the above question?

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    Tejasvee is masculine and Tejasvini is feminine - I would post an answer but not sure if Sanskrt grammar rules are allowed as answers on this site.
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  • @Surya Isn't tejasvī an adjective also? i.e., neutral? Commented Dec 15, 2016 at 3:13
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Is Tejasvī, a masculine or feminine term or name in Sanskrit?

We see Tejasvī (with a long I) being used as a name for Indra in the Mahābhārata:

01,189.028   vyāsa uvāca

01,189.028a   etac chrutvā vajrapāṇir vacas tu; devaśreṣṭhaṃ punar evedam āha
01,189.028c   vīryeṇāhaṃ puruṣaṃ kāryahetor; dadyām eṣāṃ pañcamaṃ matprasūtam

01,189.028d1916_01   viśvabhug ṛtadhāmā ca śibir indraḥ pratāpavān
1916_02   śāntiś caturthas teṣāṃ vai tejasvī pañcamaḥ smṛtaḥ

Vyasa continued, 'Hearing these words of the former Indras, the wielder of the thunderbolt once more addressed that foremost of gods, saying, 'Instead of going myself, I shall, with a portion of my energy, create from myself a person for the accomplishment of the task (thou assignest) to form the fifth among these!' Vishwabhuk, Bhutadhaman, Sivi of great energy, Santi the fourth, and Tejaswin, these it is said were the five Indras of old.

Tejasvī is also used as an adjective for a female child:

कन्यामरगर्भाभां ज्वलन्तीमिव च श्रिया । तां ददर्श समुत्सृष्टां नदीतीरे महानृषिः ॥८॥
स्यूलकेशः स तेजस्वी विजने बन्धुवर्जिताम् । स तां दृष्ट्रा तदा कन्यां स्थूलकेशो महाद्विजः ॥९॥

01,008.007c   kanyām amaragarbhābhāṃ jvalantīm iva ca śriyā
01,008.008a   tāṃ dadarśa samutsṛṣṭāṃ nadītīre mahān ṛṣiḥ
01,008.008c   sthūlakeśaḥ sa tejasvī vijane bandhuvarjitām
01,008.009a   sa tāṃ dṛṣṭvā tadā kanyāṃ sthūlakeśo dvijottamaḥ

The great Rishi saw the girl lying forsaken in a lonely place on the banks of the river, blazing in beauty; she was as beautiful as a child of an immortal. And the great Brahmana, Sthulakesha, the chief of Munis, finding that female child.

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