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noun Hinduism.
  1. a thousand cycles of Maha Yugas.
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Origin of kalpa

Borrowed into English from Sanskrit around 1785–95
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  1. (in Hindu cosmology) a period in which the universe experiences a cycle of creation and destruction
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Word Origin

C18: Sanskrit
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