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Kama Sutra

/ˌkɑːmə ˈsuːtrə/
the Kama Sutra, an ancient Hindu text on erotic pleasure and other topics
Word Origin
Sanskrit: book on love, from kāma love + sūtra thread
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  • Here some learned men object, and say that females, not being allowed to study any science, should not study the kama sutra.

  • Still, a man who could not kiss properly after reading the kama sutra would be a dullard indeed.

  • Kama is to be learnt from the kama sutra (aphorisms on love) and from the practice of citizens.

Contemporary definitions for kama sutra

in Sanskrit literature, a treatise on love and sexual technique

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Sanskrit kama 'love' + sutra 'rule''s 21st Century Lexicon
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Kama Sutra

also Kamasutra, 1874, from Sanskrit Kama Sutra, name of the ancient treatise on love and sexual performance, from kama "love" (see whore) + sutra (see sutra).

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Kama Sutra definition

A detailed, erotic account of the art and techniques of love, possibly written by a first-century sage. An unexpurgated English translation was published in 1883 by the British explorer and scholar Sir Richard Francis Burton.

Note: Kama is the god of love in Hindu mythology.
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