What does kali mean?

Definitions for kaliˈkɑ li

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. saltwort, barilla, glasswort, kali, kelpwort, Salsola kali, Salsola soda(noun)

    bushy plant of Old World salt marshes and sea beaches having prickly leaves; burned to produce a crude soda ash

  2. Kali(noun)

    wife of Siva and malevolent form of Devi

    "the black"


  1. Kali(ProperNoun)

    A goddess in Hinduism, and one of the most significant figures within that religion.

  2. Kali(ProperNoun)

    A male demon, lord of Kali Yuga and the nemesis of Kalki, tenth Avatar of Vishnu.

  3. Kali(ProperNoun)

    used in India.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Kali(noun)

    the last and worst of the four ages of the world; -- considered to have begun B. C. 3102, and to last 432,000 years

  2. Kali(noun)

    the black, destroying goddess; -- called also Doorga, Anna Purna

  3. Kali(noun)

    the glasswort (Salsola Kali)

  4. Origin: [Skr. kl.]


  1. Kali

    Kālī, also known as Kālikā, is the Hindu goddess associated with empowerment, shakti. The name Kali comes from kāla, which means black, time, death, lord of death, Shiva. Since Shiva is called Kāla—the eternal time—Kālī, his consort, also means "Time" or "Death". Hence, Kāli is the Goddess of Time and Change. Although sometimes presented as dark and violent, her earliest incarnation as a figure of annihilator of evil forces still has some influence. Various Shakta Hindu cosmologies, as well as Shākta Tantric beliefs, worship her as the ultimate reality or Brahman. She is also revered as Bhavatārini. Comparatively recent devotional movements largely conceive Kāli as a benevolent mother goddess. Kālī is represented as the consort of Lord Shiva, on whose body she is often seen standing. Shiva laid in the path of Kali, whose foot on Shiva subdues her anger. She is the time manifestation of other Hindu goddesses like Durga, Bhadrakali, Sati, Rudrani, Parvati and Chamunda. She is the foremost among the Dasa Mahavidyas, ten fierce Tantric goddesses.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Kali

    kal′i, or kā′lī, n. the prickly saltwort or glasswort.—adj. Kalig′enous, producing alkalies.—n. Kā′lium, potassium.

  2. Kali

    kä′lē, n. a carpet with long nap, also the large carpet covering the centre of a Persian room.

  3. Kali

    kä′lē, n. a Hindu goddess, wife of Siva, the dark goddess of destruction—called also Durga.

The Nuttall Encyclopedia

  1. Kali

    one of the names of the wife of Siva (q. v.), and of whom she is the female counterpart, and has been identified with the Greek Hecate (q. v.); she is represented with a necklace of human heads.

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of kali in Chaldean Numerology is: 7

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of kali in Pythagorean Numerology is: 6

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