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

  • n. Hinduism A teacher of mysticism and spiritual knowledge.
  • n. Hinduism Used as a title for such a person.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. A teacher of Hindu mysticism

Etymologies

Sanskrit mahārṣiḥ : mahā-, great; + ṛṣiḥ, seer, sage, saint.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Sanskrit महर्षि (Mahārṣi, "great seer") from Sanskrit महत् (mahat, "great") + ऋषि ("saint, seer") (Wiktionary)

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