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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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Examples from the Web for lingam

Historical Examples

  • The lingam symbol is to be seen all over India, alone or with the yoni.


    William Graham Sumner

  • When the yoni is pressed by the lingam for a long time, it is called "pressing."

  • When only one part of the yoni is rubbed with the lingam, it is called the "blow of a boar."

  • The above are the things that can be used in connection with or in the place of the lingam.

  • This lingam is the only large monument in Calcutta, I believe.

    Following the Equator, Complete

    Mark Twain (Samuel Clemens)

British Dictionary definitions for lingam


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

C18: from Sanskrit
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Word Origin and History for lingam


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

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