[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.

Origin of Kalevala

From Finnish
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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

Word Origin for Kalevala

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