Krishna

Krishna

[krish-nuh]
noun
1.
Hinduism. an avatar of Vishnu and one of the most popular of Indian deities, who appears in the Bhagavad-Gita as the teacher of Arjuna.
2.
Informal. Hare Krishna.
3.
Formerly Kistna. a river in S India, flowing E from the Western Ghats to the Bay of Bengal. 800 miles (1290 km) long.
4.
a male given name.

Origin:
< Sanskrit kṛṣṇa

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Krishna1 (ˈkrɪʃnə)
 
n
Also called: Kistna a river in S India, rising in the Western Ghats and flowing generally southeast to the Bay of Bengal. Length: 1300 km (800 miles)

Krishna2 (ˈkrɪʃnə)
 
n
Hinduism the most celebrated of the Hindu deities, whose life story is told in the Mahabharata
 
[via Hindi from Sanskrit, literally: dark, black]
 
'Krishnaism2
 
n

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Krishna
eighth avatar of Vishnu, 1875, from Skt. krshnah, lit. "the Black One," from PIE *kers-no-, suffixed form of base *kers- "dark, dirty" (cf. O.C.S. crunu, Rus. coron, Serbo-Cr. crn, Czech cerny, O.Prus. krisnas "black," Lith. kersas "black and white, variegated").
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