mudra

[muh-drah]
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noun

Hinduism, Buddhism. any of a series of arm and hand positions expressing an attitude or action of the deity.
any of various similar gestures used in India's classical dancing to represent specific feelings.

Nearby words

  1. mudlark,
  2. mudlump,
  3. mudminnow,
  4. mudpack,
  5. mudpuppy,
  6. mudsill,
  7. mudskipper,
  8. mudslide,
  9. mudslinging,
  10. mudspate

Origin of mudra

First recorded in 1805–15, mudra is from the Sanskrit word mudrā sign

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Examples from the Web for mudra

  • There are no less than sixty-four thousand different sorts of Mudra prescribed in the Tantras.

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  • She is then purified by the recitation of many mantras and texts, and by the performance of the mudra or gesticulations.

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British Dictionary definitions for mudra

mudra

noun

any of various ritual hand movements in Hindu religious dancing

Word Origin for mudra

Sanskrit, literally: sign, token

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