kachina

[kuh-chee-nuh]
noun
  1. any of various ancestral spirits deified by the Hopi Indians and impersonated in religious rituals by masked dancers.
  2. a Hopi religious ritual at which such masked dancers perform.
  3. a masked dancer impersonating such a spirit at a Hopi religious ritual.
  4. kachina doll.
Also katcina, katchina.

Origin of kachina

1885–90; < Hopi ḳacína < Keresan (Santa Ana) k̉â˙cina (or a cognate word)
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British Dictionary definitions for kachina

kachina

noun
  1. any of the supernatural beings believed by the Hopi Indians to be the ancestors of living humans

Word Origin for kachina

from Hopi qačina supernatural
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