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[kah-luh-vah-luh; Finnish kah-le-vah-lah] /ˌkɑ ləˈvɑ lə; Finnish ˈkɑ lɛˌvɑ lɑ/
(italics) the national epic of Finland (1835, enlarged 1849), compiled and arranged by Elias Lönnrot from popular lays of the Middle Ages.
the home or land of Kaleva; Finland.
Origin of Kalevala
< Finnish Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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Historical Examples
  • Honey is sometimes used in the Kalevala for anything sweet and agreeable, just as golden is used for anything beautiful.

  • After any one has been to Finland, he reads the Kalevala with amazement.

    Through Finland in Carts Ethel Brilliana Alec-Tweedie
  • Sea-beasts are very rarely mentioned in the Kalevala, for nearly all aquatic animals referred to are lake- or river-fish.

  • And with these words he gave up his search and set off to his home in Kalevala.

  • The labors of a Wolf are not necessary to show that the Kalevala is composed of various runes or lays, arranged by a compiler.

    National Epics Kate Milner Rabb
  • It is the last story, and is about Wainamoinen's departure from Kalevala.'

  • As this book is only intended for children, it would be out of place to discuss the age, etc., of the Kalevala.

  • In fact, it might appropriately be named the "Kalevala" of North America.

    The Song of Hiawatha Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
  • Then he opened his mouth wide, and Wainamoinen glided forth and hastened swiftly as the deer to Kalevala.

  • The Mistress of Pohjola sends a bear to destroy the herds of Kalevala (1-20).

British Dictionary definitions for Kalevala


/ˌkɑːləˈvɑːlə; Finnish ˈkɑlɛvɑlɑ/
noun (Finnish legend)
the land of the hero Kaleva, who performed legendary exploits
the Finnish national epic in which these exploits are recounted, compiled by Elias Lönnrot from folk poetry in 1835 to 1849
Word Origin
Finnish, from kaleva of a hero + -la dwelling place, home
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