mudra

mudra

[muh-drah]
noun
1.
Hinduism, Buddhism. any of a series of arm and hand positions expressing an attitude or action of the deity.
2.
any of various similar gestures used in India's classical dancing to represent specific feelings.

Origin:
1805–15; < Sanskrit mudrā sign

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mudra (məˈdrɑː)
 
n
any of various ritual hand movements in Hindu religious dancing
 
[Sanskrit, literally: sign, token]

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