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noun Hinduism.
  1. Brahman1(def 2).
  2. (in later Hinduism) “the Creator,” the first member of the Trimurti, with Vishnu the Preserver and Shiva the Destroyer.

Origin of Brahma1

1775–85; < Sanskrit brahma, nominative singular of brahman


[brey-muh, brah-]
  1. one of a breed of large Asian chickens, having feathered legs and small wings and tail.

Origin of Brahma2

First recorded in 1850–55; short for Brahmaputra fowl, so called because brought to England from a town on that river


[brey-muh, brah-]
  1. a Brahman bull, steer, or cow.

Origin of Brahma3

First recorded in 1935–40; alteration of Brahman
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  1. a Hindu god: in later Hindu tradition, the Creator who, with Vishnu, the Preserver, and Shiva, the Destroyer, constitutes the triad known as the Trimurti
  2. another name for Brahman (def. 2)

Word Origin

from Sanskrit, from brahman praise


  1. a heavy breed of domestic fowl with profusely feathered legs and feet

Word Origin

C19: shortened from Brahmaputra (river); from its having been imported originally from Lakhimpur, a town on the Brahmaputra
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Word Origin and History for brahma


1785, from Sanskrit Brahma, nominative of Brahman, chief god of the trinity Brahma-Vishnu-Siva in post-Vedic Hindu religion (see brahmin).

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