From Ancient Greek Γάγγης (Gángēs), from Sanskrit गङ्गा (gáṅgā, literally “swift-goer”), from the verbal root गम् (gam, “to go”), from Proto-Indo-European *gʷem- (“to come”) (whence Latin veniō, Ancient Greek βαίνω (baínō), and English come).
- (Received Pronunciation) IPA(key): /ˈɡændʒiːz/
- (General American) IPA(key): /ˈɡænd͡ʒiz/
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- A river in India and Bangladesh, sacred within Hinduism
- 1625, Samuel Purchas, Pvrchas His Pilgrimes, volume III, London, OCLC 219967499, page 340:
- 1968, Norman Mailer, "Nixon in Miami", Harper's, §6:
- ...their master... was no ad for anybody but the most arcane Black Power, he was an old prince of a witch doctor—insult him at your peril—but the other ten musicians with their trumpets and snares and assorted brass would prove no pull for Nixon on TV with any Black votes watching, for they were old and meek, naught but elderly Black Southern musicians, a veritable Ganges of Uncle Toms. They had disappeared with Tom Swift and Little Lord Fauntleroy.
- Ganga (in Indian English)
See the etymology of the corresponding lemma form.
- Ganges in Wielki słownik języka polskiego, Instytut Języka Polskiego PAN
- Ganges in Polish dictionaries at PWN
- Hyphenation: Gan‧ges
- Ganges (the sacred river)