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[kee-vuh] /ˈki və/
a large chamber, often wholly or partly underground, in a Pueblo Indian village, used for religious ceremonies and other purposes.
Origin of kiva
1870-75, Americanism; < Hopi kíva (ki- house + unidentified element) Unabridged
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British Dictionary definitions for kiva


a large underground or partly underground room in a Pueblo Indian village, used chiefly for religious ceremonies
Word Origin
from Hopi
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