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Krishna

[krish-nuh] /ˈkrɪʃ nə/
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
  • The leader, a peacock-fan flashing in his head-dress, personated Krishna.

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

    Appearances Goldsworthy Lowes Dickinson
  • What was represented that night was an episode in the story of Krishna.

    Appearances Goldsworthy Lowes Dickinson
  • Krishna returned with a laugh, his eyes looking into the dull eyes of the River.

    The Bridge-Builders Rudyard Kipling
  • The Mugger turned grunting into the undergrowth as Krishna rose.

    The Bridge-Builders Rudyard Kipling
  • Krishna here informs us that he is the author of the caste system.

British Dictionary definitions for Krishna

Krishna1

/ˈkrɪʃnə/
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

/ˈkrɪʃnə/
noun
1.
(Hinduism) the most celebrated of the Hindu deities, whose life story is told in the Mahabharata
Derived Forms
Krishnaism, noun
Word Origin
via Hindi from Sanskrit, literally: dark, black
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Word Origin and History for 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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