from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. Hinduism A stylized phallus worshiped as a symbol of the god Shiva.
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- n. The penis or phallus, especially when worshipped as a symbol of or in connection with Shiva.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. In Hind. myth., the male organ of generation, worshiped as being representative of the god Siva or of the generative power of nature; a phallus. Also linga.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. the Hindu phallic symbol of Siva
They are easily recognizable for all carry the lingam, which is commonly enclosed in a red scarf worn round the neck or among the richer classes in
Shiva's symbol -- the "lingam" with which Vishnu began the Creation -- is worshiped by everybody, apparently.
It was merely an upright "lingam," at first, no larger than a stove-pipe, and stood in the midst of a shoreless ocean.
It is a natural cave and contains a self made lingam which is unending according to the people.
'' After the temple trustees identified the 'lingam', we confirmed that the idols belonged to the temple, '' Ms Thilakavathy said.
From John Gruber's diary of an App Store reviewer: "Not sure what a 'lingam' is, but if it means what I think it means, just thinking about it is making mine swell.
For The Economist, though, a lingam and specifically, the deity at the sacred Amarnath caves in the Himalayas is a "penis-shaped lump of ice."
Dev Gogoi/Demotix A three-inch high crystal lingam, the symbol of Hindu deity Lord Shiva, covered with offerings by Hindu priests, June 19.
You think you're going to be energized by the vital creative lingam force of the universe, but actually its a ragged-toothed quim in a pitifully inadequate disguise.
Okay, so what did the lingam say to the sheela-na-gig?