from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. A traditional melodic type in Hindu music, consisting of a theme that expresses an aspect of religious feeling and sets forth a tonal system on which variations are improvised within a prescribed framework of typical progressions, melodic formulas, and rhythmic patterns.
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- n. The melodic mode used in Indian classical music.
- n. Passion, love, lust; in Buddhist mythology, a daughter of the demon Mara that personifies these qualities.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. In Hindu music, a scale or similar recognized series of tones.
Sanskrit rāgaḥ, color, musical mode.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
Anglicised form of Sanskrit राग (rāga) (Wiktionary)