Krishna

[ krish-nuh ]
/ ˈkrɪʃ nə /
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noun

Hinduism. an avatar of Vishnu and one of the most popular of Indian deities, who appears in the Bhagavad-Gita as the teacher of Arjuna.
Informal. Hare Krishna.
Formerly Kistna. a river in S India, flowing E from the Western Ghats to the Bay of Bengal. 800 miles (1290 km) long.
a male given name.

Origin of Krishna

From the Sanskrit word kṛṣṇa

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Krishna

1
/ (ˈkrɪʃnə) /

noun

a river in S India, rising in the Western Ghats and flowing generally southeast to the Bay of Bengal. Length: 1300 km (800 miles)Also called: Kistna

Krishna

2
/ (ˈkrɪʃnə) /

noun

Hinduism the most celebrated of the Hindu deities, whose life story is told in the Mahabharata
Derived FormsKrishnaism, noun

Word Origin for Krishna

via Hindi from Sanskrit, literally: dark, black

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Word Origin and History for krishna

Krishna

eighth avatar of Vishnu, 1875, from Sanskrit krshnah, literally "the Black One," from PIE *kers-no-, suffixed form of root *kers- "dark, dirty" (cf. Old Church Slavonic crunu, Russian coron, Serbo-Croatian crn, Czech cerny, Old Prussian krisnas "black," Lithuanian kersas "black and white, variegated").

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