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[kah-luh-vah-luh; Finnish kah-le-vah-lah]
  1. (italics) the national epic of Finland (1835, enlarged 1849), compiled and arranged by Elias Lönnrot from popular lays of the Middle Ages.
  2. the home or land of Kaleva; Finland.
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Origin of Kalevala

From Finnish
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Examples from the Web for kalevala

Historical Examples

  • The barley was planted in the land of Kalevala, and it grew and flourished there.

    Finnish Legends for English Children

    R. Eivind

  • It is the last story, and is about Wainamoinen's departure from Kalevala.'

  • And with these words he gave up his search and set off to his home in Kalevala.

  • After any one has been to Finland, he reads the Kalevala with amazement.

    Through Finland in Carts

    Ethel Brilliana Alec-Tweedie

  • The mythologies of the Finns also (given in the Kalevala) are noteworthy.

British Dictionary definitions for kalevala


noun Finnish legend
  1. the land of the hero Kaleva, who performed legendary exploits
  2. the Finnish national epic in which these exploits are recounted, compiled by Elias Lönnrot from folk poetry in 1835 to 1849
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Word Origin

Finnish, from kaleva of a hero + -la dwelling place, home
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