Kālī

[kah-lee]
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noun Hinduism.

the wife of Shiva and the malevolent form of the Mother Goddess.

Compare Pārvatī.

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British Dictionary definitions for kali

kali

noun

another name for saltwort (def. 1)

Kali

noun

the Hindu goddess of destruction, consort of Siva. Her cult was characterized by savagery and cannibalism
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Word Origin and History for kali

Kali

a name of Devi, the Hindu mother-goddess, in her death-goddess aspect, 1798, from Sanskrit kali, literally "the black one," fem. of kalah "blue-black, black," from a Dravidian language. Also taken as the fem. of kala "time" (as destroyer). She is portrayed as black-skinned, blood-smeared, and wearing a necklace of skulls and a girdle of snakes.

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