noun Hinduism.
  1. “the Destroyer,” the third member of the Trimurti, along with Brahma the Creator and Vishnu the Preserver.
Also Siva.

Origin of Shiva

< Sanskrit: literally, the auspicious
Related formsShi·va·ism, nounShi·va·ist, nounShi·va·is·tic, adjective Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018

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  1. a variant spelling of Siva
Derived FormsShivaism, nounShivaist, noun, adjective
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Word Origin and History for shiva

see shivah or siva.

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