- Sanskrit Grammar. the masculine gender.
- (in popular Hinduism) a phallus, symbol of Siva.
Also lin·ga [ling-guh] /ˈlɪŋ gə/.
Origin of lingam
From the Sanskrit word liṅga mark, gender, phallus
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Examples from the Web for linga
We returned to Linga, and all embarked in a little schooner for home.Sketches of Our Life at Sarawak
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
- (in Sanskrit grammar) the masculine gender
- the Hindu phallic image of the god Siva
- the penis
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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