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

  • n. Hinduism The eighth and principal avatar of Vishnu, often depicted as a handsome young man playing a flute. He appears as a charioteer and advisor of Arjuna in the Bhagavad-Gita.
  • A river of southern India rising in the Western Ghats and flowing about 1,287 km (800 mi) eastward to the Bay of Bengal.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • proper n. A deity worshiped across many traditions of Hinduism. Krishna is often depicted as a young cowherd boy with a dark or blue complexion playing a flute (as in the Bhagavata Purana) or a youthful prince giving philosophical direction and guidance (as in the Bhagavad Gita) He is the divine speaker of the Bhagavad-gita and the eighth avatar of Vishnu.
  • proper n. A river in southern India.
  • proper n. A district in South Indian state of Andhra Pradesh.
  • proper n. A male given name and a surname used in India.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. The most popular of the Hindu divinities, usually held to be the eighth incarnation of the god Vishnu.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. In later Hindu myth., a much-worshiped deity, son of Devaki, appearing also as a leading character in the great epic of the Mahā-bhārata, as chief of a people and charioteer of Arjuna, to whom he addresses the philosophic poem called Bhagavad-Gītā. The grounds of his deification are obscure. He is worked into the general system of Hindu religion as an incarnation of Vishnu.

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

  • n. 8th and most important avatar of Vishnu; incarnated as a handsome young man playing a flute

Etymologies

Sanskrit Kṛṣṇaḥ, from kṛṣṇa-, black.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Sanskrit कृष्ण (kṛṣṇá). (Wiktionary)

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