from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. Hinduism One of the manifestations and cult titles of the wife of Shiva and mother goddess Devi, especially in her malevolent role as a goddess of death and destruction, depicted as black, red-eyed, blood-stained, and wearing a necklace of skulls.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • proper n. A goddess in Hinduism, and one of the most significant figures within that religion.
  • proper n. A male demon, lord of Kali Yuga and the nemesis of Kalki, tenth Avatar of Vishnu.
  • proper n. A female given name used in India.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. The last and worst of the four ages of the world; -- considered to have begun B. C. 3102, and to last 432,000 years.
  • n. The glasswort (Salsola Kali).
  • proper n. The black, destroying goddess; -- called also Doorga, Anna Purna.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. The plant Salsola Kali, the prickly saltwort or glasswort. See alkali and Salsola.
  • n. Potash: so called by German chemists. Also kalin.
  • n. A carpet with a long pile, as distinguished from the carpets without nap.
  • n. The largest in the set of carpets commonly used in a Persian room, filling the center of the room.
  • n. For words beginning thus, see cali-.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. bushy plant of Old World salt marshes and sea beaches having prickly leaves; burned to produce a crude soda ash
  • n. wife of Siva and malevolent form of Devi


from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

Sanskrit Kālī, from kālī, feminine of kāla-, dark, of Dravidian origin; akin to Kannada kāḍu, black, blackness.


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