[lah-muh-iz-uh m]
  1. the Buddhism of Tibet and Mongolia, a Mahayana form including non-Buddhist Indian elements as well as elements of the preexisting Bön shamanism.

Origin of Lamaism

First recorded in 1810–20; lama + -ism
Related formsLa·ma·ist, nounLa·ma·is·tic, adjective Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018

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  1. the Mahayana form of Buddhism of Tibet and MongoliaSee also Dalai Lama
Derived FormsLamaist, noun, adjectiveLamaistic, adjective
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