lamasery

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English[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From French lamaserie, irregular formation from lama.

Pronunciation[edit]

  • Hyphenation: la‧ma‧se‧ry
  • IPA(key): /ləˈmɑːsəɹi/

Noun[edit]

lamasery (plural lamaseries)

  1. A monastery for lamas in Tibet and Mongolia.
    • 2006, Thomas Pynchon, Against the Day, Vintage 2007, p. 490:
      purposeful melody, reminding veterans of duty on the Himalayan station, of transmundane melody performed upon ancient horns fashioned from the thigh-bones of long-departed priests, in wind-beaten lamaseries miles above the level of a sea at this distance belonging more to legend than geography.