Kālī

[ kah-lee ]
/ ˈkɑ li /
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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 (1 of 2)

kali

/ (ˈkælɪ, ˈkeɪ-) /

noun

another name for saltwort (def. 1)

British Dictionary definitions for kali (2 of 2)

Kali

/ (ˈkɑːlɪ) /

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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