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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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  • A glance at his chief had warned kali that trouble was in the air.

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

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  • Actually, this hideous kali stood to them for the Divine Mother.

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  • An alkali procured by burning Salsola kali and other sea-shore plants.

    The Sailor's Word-Book William Henry Smyth
  • They're the web-weavers, the line-throwers, the connectors, Siva and kali united in love.

    No Great Magic Fritz Reuter Leiber
  • They have discovered the possessor of the diamond of the goddess kali.

    Sixes and Sevens

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  • kali dances over the battlefield and leaps on her husband's body.

    Indian Myth and Legend Donald Alexander Mackenzie
  • Dowson regards the demon kali as the personification of the kali Yuga.

    Indian Myth and Legend Donald Alexander Mackenzie
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
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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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