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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.

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Origin of kiva

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