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

  • n. Hinduism The creator god, conceived chiefly as a member of the triad including also Vishnu and Shiva.
  • n. Hinduism Variant of Brahman.
  • n. Variant of Brahman.
  • n. A large domestic fowl of a breed originating in Asia and having feathered legs and small wings and tail.

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  • proper n. Hindu god (deva) of creation and one of the Trimurti, the others being Vishnu and Shiva.
  • proper n. A variant of Brahman.
  • n. A large domestic fowl from the Brahmaputra region of India.
  • n. A breed of Indian cattle, Bos indicus.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. The One First Cause; also, one of the triad of Hindu gods. The triad consists of Brahma, the Creator, Vishnu, the Preserver, and Siva, the Destroyer.
  • n. A valuable variety of large, domestic fowl, peculiar in having the comb divided lengthwise into three parts, and the legs well feathered. There are two breeds, the dark or penciled, and the light; -- called also Brahmapootra.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. In Hindu religion, the highest object of philosophic adoration; the impersonal and absolute divinity; the ineffable essence of the sacred. Also Brama.
  • n. In later Hindu religion or theosophy, the personified Brahm; the divinity conceived as a god; the creator.
  • n. A variety of the domestic hen, of large size, belonging to the Asiatic class.

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

  • n. any of several breeds of Indian cattle; especially a large American heat and tick resistant greyish humped breed evolved in the Gulf States by interbreeding Indian cattle and now used chiefly for crossbreeding
  • n. the Creator; one of the three major deities in the later Hindu pantheon


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

Sanskrit brahmā, from brahma, prayer.
After Brahmaputra .

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From Sanskrit ब्रह्मन् (bráhman)



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  • She thought they should get some chickens of their own and perhaps a goat to milk, because maybe something was missing—maybe it would just take one fat wyandotte to make the idyll possible. Or a Sicilian buttercup. Really, chickens had the prettiest names—the Brahma and the marsh daisy and the faverolles. . . . Or perhaps a goat—a LaMancha or a Bionda dell'Adamello. . . . Goats had ridiculous names—the West African dwarf and the Tennessee fainting goat.

    Kate Atkinson, Case Histories (New York: Little Brown & Co., 2004), p. 64.

    May 30, 2016