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[ling-guh m]
  1. Sanskrit Grammar. the masculine gender.
  2. (in popular Hinduism) a phallus, symbol of Siva.
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Also lin·ga [ling-guh] /ˈlɪŋ gə/.
Compare yoni.

Origin of lingam

From the Sanskrit word liṅga mark, gender, phallus
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Historical Examples of linga

  • We returned to Linga, and all embarked in a little schooner for home.

    Sketches of Our Life at Sarawak

    Harriette McDougall

  • This tīrtha is next poured over the linga attached to the infant.

  • The linga is suspended round the neck of the corpse, and buried with it.

  • The child is thus invested with the linga while still in utero.

  • The Linga Purana tells us that the linga was a pillar of fire in which Siva was present.

    Bible Studies

    Joseph M. Wheeler

British Dictionary definitions for linga


linga (ˈlɪŋɡə)

  1. (in Sanskrit grammar) the masculine gender
    1. the Hindu phallic image of the god Siva
    2. the penis
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Word Origin for lingam

C18: from Sanskrit
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Word Origin and History for linga



"phallic emblem under which Siva is worshipped," 1719, from Sanskrit linga (nominative lingam) "mark, token, sign, emblem," of unknown origin.

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