apsara

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A 12th century statue of an Apsara.

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Borrowed from Hindi अप्सरा (apsarā), descended from Sanskrit अप्सरस् (apsaras).

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apsara (plural apsaras)

  1. (Indian mythology) A female spirit of the clouds and waters.
    • 1997, Kiran Nagarkar, Cuckold, HarperCollins 2013, p. 40:
      But the boy's relatives don't sit on their behinds and wait for a pari or an apsara to drop out of the heavens.
    • 2004, Khushwant Singh, Burial at Sea, Penguin 2014, p. 102:
      But here was an apsara rising out of the waters of a holy Ganga, raising her arms in salutation to the sun rising above the range of hills and offering her behind to him to marvel at and worship.

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apsara f (plural apsaras)

  1. (Indian mythology) apsara (a female spirit of the clouds and waters)