Definitions

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  • n. The “holy dot” traditionally worn on the forehead of married Hindu women.
  • n. Makeup or jewellery worn in imitation of such a dot.
  • n. A tiny, sharp-needled seed often found on the ground in the bush.

Etymologies

From Sanskrit (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • In a sermon in Banaras (Varanasi), he symbolised it by giving her the mark of the bindu (O, i.e. a drop or a dot in form of a circle) now called bindi, to married woman.

    Bindi

  • It's a super summer crop and grows best where it's sultry -- Africa, India (where it's known as bindi, or lady fingers), the Middle East, Turkey and Greece (where they all call it bamia) the Caribbean, South America -- and in the American South.

    Ellen Kanner: Meatless Monday: Okra and Other Native Americans

  • January 2009, she sported a "bindi" (vermillion mark on forehead) during her trip to India when she also visited Taj Mahal with husband Danny Moder.

    NZ On Screen

  • Well, first and foremost I want to let everyone know that she is not wearing a 'bindi' or a

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  • 'bindi' on her recent trip to the Taj Mahal in Agra.

    dailyindia.com News Feed

  • In India, We play stick the bindi on the bollywood star.

    party planner

  • Charlie and Swanson were talking to that group of serious-looking men and the woman—was she actually wearing a bindi?

    Three Stages of Amazement

  • We entered a huge hall in a Church which had been transformed into a dance studio, and were greeted by a beautiful lady with radiant black hair, big brown eyes, a long red bindi and a warm smile.

    Nina Vir: My Guru Viji Prakash

  • Why is no one proposing banning all those as well as that most visible of symbols, the Hindu bindi or dot on the forehead?

    Ed Gurowitz, Ph.D.: Why Single Out Muslim Women?

  • I mean, when I was little, I remember non-Indians wearing red bindi dots on their foreheads.

    Nice and Mean

Comments

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  • I believe she is being specifically exploited by her mother (who, I have heard, is also looking to convert steve-o's animal conservation centers into theme parks)

    May 24, 2009

  • There was a craze for bindi-spots when I was a teen. All the cool kids had one. Felt tip, natch.

    August 5, 2008

  • She's totally being exploited. It makes me sick.

    August 5, 2008

  • I can't see how a child under 10, recently bereaved of parent, can give meaningful consent to have her likeness used for a mass-marketed talking doll.

    August 4, 2008

  • I don't think she's being exploited per se...

    August 4, 2008

  • Yes, Bindi Irwin, now being hopelessly exploited by the Irwin industry.

    There's a native grass known as bindi. It has a very nasty burred seed called a bindi-eye. That's why I thought the racehorse name was kinda funny, given the sire was Ouch. A bindi-eye is fierce enough to puncture a bicycle tyre; plenty of deflated experience there :-(

    August 4, 2008

  • Isn't Bindi the daughter of the late crocodile-wrestling guy?

    August 4, 2008

  • Buriton (NZ)-Ouch(Kaaptive Edition (NZ)) FOALED :13/11/03

    August 4, 2008

  • "a small colored ornamental dot worn in the middle of a woman's forehead, esp. Hindu and sometimes Sikh" - Webster's New Millennium Dictionary.

    So that's what it's called.

    February 19, 2008