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

Origin of kiva

1870–75, Americanism; < Hopi kíva (ki- house + unidentified element) Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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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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