linga

lingam

[ling-guhm]
noun
1.
Sanskrit Grammar. the masculine gender.
2.
(in popular Hinduism) a phallus, symbol of Siva.
Also, linga [ling-guh] .
Compare yoni.


Origin:
< Sanskrit liṅga mark, gender, phallus

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lingam or linga (ˈlɪŋɡəm, ˈlɪŋɡə)
 
n
1.  (in Sanskrit grammar) the masculine gender
2.  a.  the Hindu phallic image of the god Siva
 b.  the penis
 
[C18: from Sanskrit]
 
linga or linga
 
n
 
[C18: from Sanskrit]

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lingam
"phallic emblem under which Siva is worshipped," 1719, from Skt. linga (nom. lingam) "mark, token, sign, emblem," of unknown origin.
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