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[kah-lee] /ˈkɑ li/
noun, Hinduism.
the wife of Shiva and the malevolent form of the Mother Goddess.
Compare Pārvatī. Unabridged
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  • The poem, then, is the work of a Hindu idealist who personified Bengal under the form of a purified and spiritualized kali.

  • As we waited for the tram, someone said, "Would you like to see kali?"

    Appearances Goldsworthy Lowes Dickinson
  • And the madly fanatical crowds surged wildly around the altar, while their cries to kali rent the air.

    The Elephant God Gordon Casserly
  • Actually, this hideous kali stood to them for the Divine Mother.

    Appearances Goldsworthy Lowes Dickinson
  • The bloodthirsty goddess kali ought to be honoured by the Indian patriot.

    India, Old and New Sir Valentine Chirol
  • An alkali procured by burning Salsola kali and other sea-shore plants.

    The Sailor's Word-Book William Henry Smyth
  • "By kali and all the other deities, you don't mean that you, expert in cholera and dysentery, are about to—" He chuckled.

    Caravans By Night Harry Hervey
  • A glance at his chief had warned kali that trouble was in the air.

British Dictionary definitions for kali


/ˈkælɪ; ˈkeɪ-/
another name for saltwort (sense 1)


the Hindu goddess of destruction, consort of Siva. Her cult was characterized by savagery and cannibalism
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for kali


a name of Devi, the Hindu mother-goddess, in her death-goddess aspect, 1798, from Sanskrit kali, literally "the black one," fem. of kalah "blue-black, black," from a Dravidian language. Also taken as the fem. of kala "time" (as destroyer). She is portrayed as black-skinned, blood-smeared, and wearing a necklace of skulls and a girdle of snakes.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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