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shiva

or shi·vah

[ shiv-uh ]
/ ˈʃɪv ə /
Judaism.
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noun

the traditional seven-day period of mourning observed by Jews immediately following the funeral of a parent, sibling, child, or spouse.

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Idioms for shiva

    sit shiva, to observe this period.
Also shi·bah .

Origin of shiva

First recorded in 1890–95; from Ashkenazi pronunciation of Hebrew shibhʿāh “seven”

Definition for shiva (2 of 2)

Shiva
[ shee-vuh ]
/ ˈʃi və /

noun Hinduism.

“the Destroyer,” the third member of the Trimurti, along with Brahma the Creator and Vishnu the Preserver.
Also Si·va [see-vuh, shee-vuh] /ˈsi və, ˈʃi və/ .

Origin of Shiva

From Sanskrit: literally, “the auspicious”
Shi·va·ism, nounShi·va·ist, nounShi·va·is·tic, adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for shiva

Shiva
/ (ˈʃiːvə, ˈʃɪvə) /

noun

a variant spelling of Siva
Shivaism, nounShivaist, noun, adjective
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