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from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. Hinduism A mother goddess having various manifestations and roles, especially that of consort to Shiva.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • proper n. Shakti, the female aspect of the divine, as conceptualized by the Shakta tradition of Hinduism. She is the female counterpart without whom the male aspect, which represents consciousness or discrimination, remains impotent and void.
  • proper n. A title put at the end of any female deity's name within Hinduism (e.g.- Lakshmi Devi, Saraswati Devi, Kali Devi).
  • proper n. A female given name used in India.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. ; fem. of deva. A goddess.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. Hindu mother goddess; supreme power in the universe; wife or embodiment of the female energy of Siva having both beneficent and malevolent forms or aspects

Etymologies

Sanskrit devī, feminine of devaḥ, god.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Sanskrit देवी (devī́, "goddess, female deity"). (Wiktionary)

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