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chakra

[chuhk-ruh] /ˈtʃʌk rə/
noun, Yoga.
1.

cakra

or chakra

[chuhk-ruh] /ˈtʃʌk rə/
noun, Yoga.
1.
any of the points of spiritual power located along the body, usually given as six in number. The points are personified by gods and can be released through the proper exercises.
Origin of cakra
< Sanskrit: literally, wheel
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  • Some regard the chakra mudra as sufficient on occasions of emergency.

  • She is then branded with the emblems of the chank and chakra.

  • The Shank is considered to be unfortunate and the chakra fortunate.

  • He stayed not long to speculate upon the motives either of chakra or Jessuron.

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  • Cynthia did not know for certain that chakra had followed the Custos.

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  • As the Jew said this, he passed a bag containing gold into the hands of chakra.

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  • It need scarce be said that that man was chakra, the Coromantee.

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  • These chakra knew to be the side windows of the great hall, or drawing-room.

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  • chakra expressed no surprise at seeing them armed, nor felt any.

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British Dictionary definitions for chakra

chakra

/ˈtʃækrə; ˈtʃʌkrə/
noun
1.
(in yoga) any of the seven major energy centres in the body
Word Origin
C19: from Sanskrit cakra wheel, circle
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Word Origin and History for chakra
n.

1888 in yoga sense, from Sanskrit cakra "circle, wheel," from PIE root *kwel- "wheel" (see cycle (n.)).

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