lingam

[ ling-guh m ]
/ ˈlɪŋ gəm /
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noun

Sanskrit Grammar. the masculine gender.
(in popular Hinduism) a phallus, symbol of Siva.

Nearby words

  1. lineup,
  2. liney,
  3. ling,
  4. ling.,
  5. lingala,
  6. lingayat,
  7. lingayata,
  8. lingayen gulf,
  9. lingcod,
  10. linger

Also lin·ga [ling-guh] /ˈlɪŋ gə/.

Compare yoni.

Origin of lingam

From the Sanskrit word liṅga mark, gender, phallus

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British Dictionary definitions for lingam

lingam

linga (ˈlɪŋɡə)

/ (ˈlɪŋɡəm) /

noun

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

Word Origin for lingam

C18: from Sanskrit

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Word Origin and History for lingam

lingam

n.

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

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