One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
A small cup-shaped oil lamp made of baked clay.‘I was glad she used diyas instead of electrical lighting’
- ‘We had decorated ours with small diyas on every balcony and ledge, and the natural geometry of the hostel building made the entire effect dazzling.’
- ‘A little girl sold us mud diyas with little candles in them.’
- ‘I recall a drive outside Delhi, and we passed village after village lit up like a fairyland, with hundreds of clay diyas.’
- ‘Fireworks whizzed into the sky and diyas and sparkles brought light into many an eye.’
- ‘During Diwali, for instance, it was difficult to tell if the diyas were lit on the parapet of our house or on that of our Hindu neighbours.’
From Hindi dīyā.
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