American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- n. Hinduism The creator god, conceived chiefly as a member of the triad including also Vishnu and Shiva.
- n. Hinduism Variant of Brahman.
- n. Variant of Brahman.
- n. A large domestic fowl of a breed originating in Asia and having feathered legs and small wings and tail.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. In Hindu religion, the highest object of philosophic adoration; the impersonal and absolute divinity; the ineffable essence of the sacred. Also Brama.
- n. In later Hindu religion or theosophy, the personified Brahm; the divinity conceived as a god; the creator. Unknown in the older sacred literature, Brahma becomes by degrees an object of adoration to the Brahmans, and is artificially combined into a trimurti or trinity with Vishnu and Siva, being regarded as Creator, while Vishnu is Preserver, and Siva is Destroyer. Brahma was never worshiped by the people, and only one temple sacred to him is known. By modern Hindus he is represented as a red-colored figure, with four heads and four arms, and often accompanied by his vehicle, the swan.
- n. A variety of the domestic hen, of large size, belonging to the Asiatic class. The light brahmas are white and black in color, the black appearing on the hackle feathers as a rich stripe, heavier in the hen than in the cock, and also in the wing-primaries, the upper web of the secondaries, and in the tail, the sickles of the cock being glossy green-black. The dark brahma cock shows a breast of solid black or black mottled with white, hackle and saddle silver-white, wing-bows white, wing-bars green-black, primaries and secondaries black edged with white, tail glossy green-black; while the hen is of a uniform gray color, each feather penciled with darker gray, or black. The brahmas have pea-combs and feathered legs.
- n. Hinduism Hindu god (deva) of creation and one of the Trimurti, the others being Vishnu and Shiva.
- n. Hinduism A variant of Brahman.
- n. A large domestic fowl from the Brahmaputra region of India.
- n. A breed of Indian cattle, Bos indicus.
GNU Webster's 1913
- n. (Hindu Myth.) The One First Cause; also, one of the triad of Hindu gods. The triad consists of
Brahma, the Creator, Vishnu, the Preserver, and Siva, the Destroyer.
- n. (Zoöl.) A valuable variety of large, domestic fowl, peculiar in having the comb divided lengthwise into three parts, and the legs well feathered. There are two breeds, the dark or penciled, and the light; -- called also
- n. any of several breeds of Indian cattle; especially a large American heat and tick resistant greyish humped breed evolved in the Gulf States by interbreeding Indian cattle and now used chiefly for crossbreeding
- n. the Creator; one of the three major deities in the later Hindu pantheon
- From Sanskrit ब्रह्मन् (bráhman) (Wiktionary)
- Sanskrit brahmā, from brahma, prayer.After Brahmaputra . (American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
“Since the word brahma means pure, excellent, or sublime, practitioners who develop these immeasurable attitudes live with pure, sublime states of mind like Brahma gods.”
“The sect is often called Brahma-sampradâya, because it claims that its doctrine was revealed by Brahmâ from whom Madhva was the sixth teacher in spiritual descent.”
“This is analogous to a previous passage (Ch.Up. III, 11, 3, 'He who thus knows this Brahma-upanishad'), where the word Brahma-upanishad is explained to mean Veda-upanishad.”
“Haug, it would appear from his researches into the Aryo-Zendic remains that the word Brahma originally signified the strewing of the sacrificial grass on the spot appointed for the immolation, or the contemplation of this holy work, from which it was extended to the contemplation of every holy act.”
“The Bhagavata Purana says that men and women have lived on earth for a vast period of time called the Day of Brahma, which is composed of a thousand yuga cycles.”
“Beyond that, Abraham's name itself shares roots BRM with the name Brahma, the Hindu god of creation and the "great grandsire of all human beings.”
“According to Indian folklore, this precious knowledge was passed down from the Creator, known as Brahma.”
“Also, the name Brahma (not Param Brahma) is spelled with a breve over the final a, which is not represented.}”
“The three aspects of God engaged in these three cosmic activities are called Brahma, Vishnu, and Siva.”
“A Brahma is the first divine being to appear in any world-system and lives on the plane of ethereal forms (form realm).”
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