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Krishna

[krish-nuh]
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noun
  1. Hinduism. an avatar of Vishnu and one of the most popular of Indian deities, who appears in the Bhagavad-Gita as the teacher of Arjuna.
  2. Informal. Hare Krishna.
  3. Formerly Kistna. a river in S India, flowing E from the Western Ghats to the Bay of Bengal. 800 miles (1290 km) long.
  4. a male given name.

Origin of Krishna

From the Sanskrit word kṛṣṇa
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  • This is addressed to Yashoda, mother of Krishna, by his playmates.

    My Reminiscences

    Rabindranath Tagore

  • They want their Shyam (Krishna) to be with them there, in the midst of all these.

    My Reminiscences

    Rabindranath Tagore

  • What was represented that night was an episode in the story of Krishna.

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    Goldsworthy Lowes Dickinson

  • It was symbolical; Krishna was its centre, and the rest were wooing him.

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    Goldsworthy Lowes Dickinson

  • The leader, a peacock-fan flashing in his head-dress, personated Krishna.

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    Goldsworthy Lowes Dickinson


British Dictionary definitions for krishna

Krishna1

noun
  1. a river in S India, rising in the Western Ghats and flowing generally southeast to the Bay of Bengal. Length: 1300 km (800 miles)Also called: Kistna

Krishna2

noun
  1. Hinduism the most celebrated of the Hindu deities, whose life story is told in the Mahabharata
Derived FormsKrishnaism, noun

Word Origin

via Hindi from Sanskrit, literally: dark, black
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Word Origin and History for krishna

Krishna

eighth avatar of Vishnu, 1875, from Sanskrit krshnah, literally "the Black One," from PIE *kers-no-, suffixed form of root *kers- "dark, dirty" (cf. Old Church Slavonic crunu, Russian coron, Serbo-Croatian crn, Czech cerny, Old Prussian krisnas "black," Lithuanian kersas "black and white, variegated").

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