hanuman

hanuman

[huhn-oo-mahn, hah-noo-; huhn-oo-mahn, hah-noo-]
noun, plural hanumans for 1.
1.
Also called entellus. a langur, Presbytis (Semnopithecus ) entellus, held sacred in India.
2.
(initial capital letter) Hindu Mythology. a monkey chief who is a conspicuous figure in the Ramayana.

Origin:
1805–15; < Sanskrit hanuman, nominative singular of hanumant

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Hanuman (ˌhʌnʊˈmɑːn)
 
n
1.  (sometimes not capital) another word for entellus
2.  the monkey chief of Hindu mythology and devoted helper of Rama
 
[from Hindi Hanumān, from Sanskrit hanumant having (conspicuous) jaws, from hanu jaw]

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