Definitions

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

  • n. A Buddhist monk of Tibet or Mongolia.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. A master of Tibetan Buddhism.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. See llama.
  • n. In Tibet, Mongolia, etc., a priest or monk of the belief called Lamaism.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. A celibate priest or ecclesiastic belonging to that variety of Buddhism known as Lamaism.
  • n. A genus of Camelidæ of South America, including the llama, vicugna, alpaca, and guanaco: now called Auchenia.
  • n. See llama.
  • n. A rich material made in Spain in the fifteenth century, described as a cloth of silver shaded and watered.
  • n. A similar stuff of modern manufacture. See lama d'oro, below. Spanish Arts (S. K. Handbook).
  • n. In Samoa, the candlenut-tree (Alcurites Moluccana) or its nut. See kukui.

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

  • n. llamas
  • n. a Tibetan or Mongolian priest of Lamaism

Etymologies

Tibetan bla-ma, the upper one, lama, from bla, superior.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Tibetan བླ་མ (bla-ma). (Wiktionary)

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