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[chuhk-ruh] /ˈtʃʌk rə/
noun, Yoga.
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British Dictionary definitions for chakras


/ˈtʃækrə; ˈtʃʌkrə/
(in yoga) any of the seven major energy centres in the body
Word Origin
C19: from Sanskrit cakra wheel, circle
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Word Origin and History for chakras



1888 in yoga sense, from Sanskrit cakra "circle, wheel," from PIE root *kwel- "wheel" (see cycle (n.)).

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