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Kama Sutra

/ (ˌkɑːmə ˈsuːtrə) /


the Kama Sutra an ancient Hindu text on erotic pleasure and other topics

Word Origin for Kama Sutra

Sanskrit: book on love, from kāma love + sūtra thread
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Word Origin and History for kama sutra

Kama Sutra

also Kamasutra, 1874, from Sanskrit Kama Sutra, name of the ancient treatise on love and sexual performance, from kama "love" (see whore) + sutra (see sutra).

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Culture definitions for kama sutra

Kama Sutra

A detailed, erotic account of the art and techniques of love, possibly written by a first-century sage. An unexpurgated English translation was published in 1883 by the British explorer and scholar Sir Richard Francis Burton.


Kama is the god of love in Hindu mythology.
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