kiva

[ kee-vuh ]
/ ˈki və /
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noun

a large chamber, often wholly or partly underground, in a Pueblo Indian village, used for religious ceremonies and other purposes.

Nearby words

  1. kitwe,
  2. kitzbühel,
  3. kiungchow,
  4. kiungshan,
  5. kiushu,
  6. kiver,
  7. kivu,
  8. kiwanis,
  9. kiwano,
  10. kiwi

Origin of kiva

1870–75, Americanism; < Hopi kíva (ki- house + unidentified element)

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British Dictionary definitions for kiva

kiva

/ (ˈkiːvə) /

noun

a large underground or partly underground room in a Pueblo Indian village, used chiefly for religious ceremonies

Word Origin for kiva

from Hopi

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