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[dey-vee] /ˈdeɪ vi/
noun, Hinduism.
a mother goddess of which Durga, Kali, etc., are particular forms.
Also called Annapurna, Parvati. the consort of Shiva, identified with Shakti and Kali as a goddess of love, maternity, and death.
Origin of Devi
< Sanskrit, feminine of deva deva Unabridged
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  • Saying this he drew his bow, shot first the Devi and then his mother, killing them both.

  • In the sanctum was Devi, a large black figure with ten arms.

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  • Whilst the three brothers skinned one stag, the Devi skinned sixty, cut them up and threw them into the pot.

  • He has not told anyone that it was the Devi who was kidnapped.

  • I didn't think the governor would dare kill my headmen, when I had the Devi, but it seems he did.

British Dictionary definitions for Devi


a Hindu goddess and embodiment of the female energy of Siva
Word Origin
Sanskrit: goddess; see deva
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