from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. Any of numerous deified ancestral spirits of the Pueblo peoples, believed to reside in the pueblo for part of each year.
- n. A masked dancer believed to embody a particular spirit during a religious ceremony.
- n. A carved doll in the costume of a particular spirit, usually presented as a gift to a child.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. A vaguely ancestral anthropomorphic spirit being, associated with clouds and rain or personifying the power in the sun, the earth, or corn (among other things).
- n. A wooden doll, as might be given to a child, which represents such a being.
- n. A masked dancer who represents such a being in a ceremonial dance or masked ceremony.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. Same as katcina.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. a carved doll wearing the costume of a particular Pueblo spirit; usually presented to a child as a gift
- n. a deified spirit of the Pueblo people
- n. a masked dancer during a Pueblo religious ceremony who is thought to embody some particular spirit
Hopi katsina, supernatural being, masked impersonator of a supernatural being.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Hopi qatsina. (Wiktionary)