Definitions

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. The circular caste-mark worn on the forehead of a Brahman.

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Examples

  • But gone are the days when Tamils mingled freely, where women wore heavy gold jewellery and the distinctive "pottu", the red-dot on their foreheads which instantly identified them as a Tamil Hindu and is now rarely seen.

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  • But gone are the days when Tamils mingled freely, where women wore heavy gold jewellery and the distinctive "pottu," the red-dot on their foreheads which instantly identified them as a Tamil Hindu and is now rarely seen.

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  • The Taliban needed the women to be veiled and excluded from public spaces, while in Colombo the Tamil women must not wear the 'pottu' (the red decoration on the forehead) to avoid harassment and humiliation by the agents of the Sinhala chauvinistic state.

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  • They were also called "Pottu Kaasu" due to their size (pottu means a bindi and kaasu is money in Tamil).

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  • In South, the bindi is known as gopi, pottu and kuri, materials varying from sandalwood paste to red and black powders.

    Bindi

  • I normally fry spring onions and add a loose paste of pepper and broken chana pottu kadalai.

    Simple spring onion curry

  • Another ornament consists of a small circle, which is called pottu.

    Dr. Scudder's Tales for Little Readers, About the Heathen.

  • Destruction triune, -- one body with three heads; and the right line alone, or _pottu_, the mystic circle, describes the sublime simplicity of his soul's aspiration.

    The Atlantic Monthly, Volume 02, No. 08, June 1858

  • And shouldn't she be blessed with flowers all her life, to wear in her hair as a happily married woman, with a thali around her neck and a pottu mark on her forehead?

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  • Him: Anna, na adhukku rendu naala saapadu pottu valathukuttu varen.

    Waves

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