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

  • n. The Hindu god of friendship and alliances, usually invoked together with Varuna as an upholder of order, punisher of falsehood, supporter of heaven and earth, and bringer of rain.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • proper n. An important divinity of Indic culture, descended, together with the Zoroastrian yazata Mithra, from a common Proto-Indo-Iranian deity *Mitra, a god of the oath.
  • proper n. Proto-Indo-Iranian deity, a god of the oath.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. The typical genus of Mitridæ having a heavy long fusiform shell with well-developed spire and plicate columella, likened to a bishop's miter.
  • n. A genus of acalephs.
  • n. In Greek antiquity, along band of stuff, leather, or metal, bound about the head or loins: much used by women. It is mentioned in the Iliad and has been found on archaic statuettes discovered in excavations at Delphi, Olympia, and elsewhere. Although often made of metal not a single example has come down to us complete.

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

  • n. Hindu god of friendship and alliances; usually invoked together with Varuna as a supporter of heaven and earth

Etymologies

Sanskrit Mitraḥ, from mitraḥ, friend; see mei-1 in Indo-European roots.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)

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