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from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun In later Hindu myth., the name of a god of highest rank, supreme god in the opinion of his sectaries, but also combined with Brahma and Vishnu in a triad, in which he represents the principle of destruction.
  • noun In ornithology, a genus of Asiatic birds, such as S. cyanuroptera, S. strigula, and S. castaneicauda: so named by Hodgson in 1838, and also called by him Hemiparus (1841) and Ioropus (1844).

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

  • noun (Hindoo Myth.) One of the triad of Hindoo gods. He is the avenger or destroyer, and in modern worship symbolizes the reproductive power of nature.

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  • proper noun The Hindu God of Destruction.

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

  • noun the destroyer; one of the three major divinities in the later Hindu pantheon

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