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After the Hindu goddess.

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Kali f

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A 12th century bronze statue of the goddess Kali


Sanskrit काली (kālī), feminine form of काला (kālā, black).


  • IPA(key): /ˈkɑːli/
  • (anglicized alternative pronunciation of the given name) IPA(key): /ˈkæli/

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  1. (Hinduism) A goddess in Hinduism, one of the most significant figures within that religion, who destroys evil forces and bestows liberation.
    • 1986, David R. Kinsley, Hindu Goddesses: Visions of the Divine Feminine in the Hindu Religious Tradition, 1988 paperback, page 122,
      Kālī is Śiva's "other" wife, as it were, provoking him and encouraging him in his mad, antisocial, often disruptive habits. It is never Kālī who tames Śiva but Śiva who must becalm Kālī.
    • 2000, Sanjukta Gupta, 27: The Worship of Kālī According to the Toḑala Tantra, David Gordon White (editor), Tantra in Practice, 2001, page 463,
      To many Hindu Bengalis, Kālī is the most important divinity. Identified with the great Goddess, Devi Bhagavati, she subsumes all other goddesses.
    • 2011, June McDaniel, 2: Kali: Goddess of Life, Death, and Transcendence, Patricia Monaghan (editor), Goddesses in World Culture, Volume 1, page 26,
      A popular form of Kali worshiped in Calcutta is Adya Shakti Kali, or Kali as primordial power. Adya Shakti Kali is also present in some tantras, especially the Mahanirvana Tantra. Because she devours Kala or Time, she is Kali, the original form of all things, and because she is the origin and devourer of all things, she is called Adya Kali.
  2. (Hinduism) A male demon, lord of Kali Yuga and the nemesis of Kalki, tenth Avatar of Vishnu.
  3. A female given name used especially in India.

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Kali n (genitive Kalis, plural Kalis)

  1. potash (Short form of Kalisalz)



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  • (old orthography) Kale


Borrowed from Danish Christen.

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  1. A male given name.

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  • Nuka Møller: Kalaallit aqqi (Greenlandic personal names), Oqaasileriffik 2015, →ISBN
  • [1] Danskernes navne 2005, including the residents of Greenland


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Kali f

  1. (Hinduism) Kali (goddess)


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Kali ? (Cyrillic spelling Кали)

  1. A municipality in Croatia.