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

  • n. Hinduism The god of wisdom and the remover of obstacles, son of Shiva and Parvati, depicted as a short fat man with an elephant's head.

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  • proper n. Alternative spelling of Ganesha.
  • proper n. A male given name used in India.

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  • n. Hindu god of wisdom or prophecy; the god who removes obstacles


Hindi Gaṇeś, from Sanskrit Gaṇeśaḥ, from gaṇeśaḥ, master of throngs : gaṇaḥ, throng, group of followers + īśaḥ, master (from īṣṭe, īś-, he rules over).
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)


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