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khanda

[kahn-duh]
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noun
  1. an Indian sword, having a broad, usually single-edged blade and a disklike pommel with a point.

Origin of khanda

1885–90; < Indo-Aryan; compare Hindi khā̃ṛa, Punjabi khaṇḍā sword, Assamese khāṇḍa heavy knife (Prakrit khaṁḍa-)
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Examples from the Web for khanda

Historical Examples

  • There was never a word from Scott in the Khanda district, away to the southeast, except the regular telegraphic report to Hawkins.

    The Day's Work, Volume 1

    Rudyard Kipling

  • Her crest is the straight Rajput sword, the Khanda, for an account of the worship of which very powerful divinity read Tod.

    From Sea to Sea

    Rudyard Kipling

  • When she becomes of marriageable age she is formally married to the Khanda or daggar of Khandoba, and becomes his nominal wife.

    The Child in the Midst

    Mary Schauffler Labaree

  • The state emblems are a jhar or sprig of seven branches and a khanda or sword.

  • All the acts of men are lost by discontinuance of their practice (as in Jnna khanda).


British Dictionary definitions for khanda

khanda

noun
  1. a double-edged sword that appears as the emblem on the Sikh flag and is used in the Amrit ceremony to stir the amrit
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