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from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • noun A mother goddess having various roles and manifestations, especially as Durga, Lakshmi, and Sarasvati, the female counterparts to the male gods of the Trimurti.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • noun ; fem. of deva. A goddess.

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  • proper noun Hinduism Shakti, the female aspect of the divine, as conceptualized by the Shakta tradition of Hinduism. She is the female counterpart without whom the male aspect, which represents consciousness or discrimination, remains impotent and void.
  • proper noun A title put at the end of any female deity's name within Hinduism (e.g.- Lakshmi Devi, Saraswati Devi, Kali Devi).
  • proper noun A female given name used in India.

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  • noun Hindu mother goddess; supreme power in the universe; wife or embodiment of the female energy of Siva having both beneficent and malevolent forms or aspects

Etymologies

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

[Sanskrit devī, feminine of devaḥ, god; see dyeu- in Indo-European roots.]

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From Sanskrit देवी (devī́, "goddess, female deity").

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