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lingam

[ling-guh m] /ˈlɪŋ gəm/
noun
1.
Sanskrit Grammar. the masculine gender.
2.
(in popular Hinduism) a phallus, symbol of Siva.
Also, linga
[ling-guh] /ˈlɪŋ gə/ (Show IPA)
.
Compare yoni.
Origin
< Sanskrit liṅga mark, gender, phallus
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lingam

/ˈlɪŋɡəm/
noun
1.
(in Sanskrit grammar) the masculine gender
2.
  1. the Hindu phallic image of the god Siva
  2. the penis
Word Origin
C18: from Sanskrit
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Word Origin and History for lingam
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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