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  • noun A double-edged sword from India, used ceremonially in Sikhism.
  • noun A religious symbol of Sikhism, having the shape of three swords: a khanda, a chakram and two kirpans.


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From Oriya  (khaṇḍā) and Punjabi  (khaṇḍā), from Prakrit  (khaṇḍa), of uncertain origin.


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  • "... once people learned how to make sugar crystals, they began to use the name sharkara (for it), which also meant 'gravel.' ...

    "The word for 'a piece of sugar' in the ancient Indian language of Sanskrit is khanda, which, as it passed through Persian to Arabic to Europe, became candy."

    Marc Aronson and Marina Budhos, Sugar Changed the World (Boston and New York: Clarion Books, 2010), 12-13

    January 10, 2018