Definitions

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

  • n. Hinduism One of the manifestations and cult titles of the wife of Shiva and mother goddess Devi, especially in her malevolent role as a goddess of death and destruction, depicted as black, red-eyed, blood-stained, and wearing a necklace of skulls.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • proper n. A goddess in Hinduism, and one of the most significant figures within that religion.
  • proper n. A male demon, lord of Kali Yuga and the nemesis of Kalki, tenth Avatar of Vishnu.
  • proper n. A female given name used in India.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. The last and worst of the four ages of the world; -- considered to have begun B. C. 3102, and to last 432,000 years.
  • n. The glasswort (Salsola Kali).
  • proper n. The black, destroying goddess; -- called also Doorga, Anna Purna.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. The plant Salsola Kali, the prickly saltwort or glasswort. See alkali and Salsola.
  • n. Potash: so called by German chemists. Also kalin.
  • n. A carpet with a long pile, as distinguished from the carpets without nap.
  • n. The largest in the set of carpets commonly used in a Persian room, filling the center of the room.
  • n. For words beginning thus, see cali-.

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

  • n. bushy plant of Old World salt marshes and sea beaches having prickly leaves; burned to produce a crude soda ash
  • n. wife of Siva and malevolent form of Devi

Etymologies

Sanskrit Kālī, from kālī, feminine of kāla-, dark, of Dravidian origin; akin to Kannada kāḍu, black, blackness.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)

Examples

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  • In Sanskrit, that age is called Kali, which meant a time of less clarity, the so-called age of quarrel or age of opinion.

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  • ‘Goddess Kali is highly revered in Hinduism and she is meant to be worshipped in temples and not to be used in clubs for publicity stunts or thrown around loosely for dramatic effects,’ said Rajan Zed, an American Hindu priest.

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  • With only one week before I had to begin work, I called Kali in a panic.

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  • The word Kali has its roots in the Sanskrit word "Kaal", which means time.

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  • The only black kitten, a female was name Kali after the Hindu goddess.

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  • So wind your clocks back further than usual as we replay the most recent descent of the full Avatar in India, at the beginning of cosmic winter, the extraordinary beginning of this age called Kali Yuga.

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