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

  • n. Hinduism A stylized phallus worshiped as a symbol of the god Shiva.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • 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


Sanskrit liṅgam, mark, penis.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
Compare Hindi लिंङ्ग (liṅg), लिंग (liṅg). (Wiktionary)



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  • cf danda

    July 17, 2008

  • ... When the yoni is pressed by the lingam for a long time, it is called 'pressing' ...

    July 17, 2008

  • The Lingam (also, Linga, Shiva linga Sanskrit लिङ�?गं liṅgaṃ, meaning "mark," or "sign,") is a symbol for the worship of the Hindu god Shiva. While its origins are debated, the use of this symbol for worship is an ancient tradition in India extending back at least to the early Indus Valley civilization.

    July 17, 2008