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

  • n. A series of symbolic body postures and hand movements used in East Indian classical dancing.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. Any of several formal symbolic hand postures used in classical dance of India and in Hindu and Buddhist iconography.
  • n. Formal body positions and postures used in yoga and meditation.

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

  • n. ritual hand movement in Hindu religious dancing

Etymologies

Sanskrit mudrā, seal, mystery, mudra, from Iranian *mudrā, perhaps ultimately from Akkadian musarû, mušarû, object bearing a royal inscription, from Sumerian mu-sar : mu, name, fame + sar, to write.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Sanskrit मुद्रा (mudrā) (seal). (Wiktionary)

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