Main definitions of kali in English

: kali1Kali2

kali1

Pronunciation /ˈkeɪlʌɪ//ˈkali/

noun

  • old-fashioned term for saltwort
    • ‘On the bud pics of the living Kali plant in the article one can clearly see the narrow leaf shape sticking out of the bud.’
    • ‘You will see plenty of Kashmir ki kalis in the valley.’
    • ‘Researchers found that similar-sized Salsola kali plants took twice as long to reach the wilting point on saline compared to nonsaline medium.’

Origin

Late 16th century: from colloquial Arabic qalī ‘calcined ashes of Salsola (and similar plants)’; compare with alkali.

Pronunciation

kali

/ˈkeɪlʌɪ//ˈkali/

Main definitions of kali in English

: kali1Kali2

Kali2

proper noun

Hinduism
  • The most terrifying goddess, wife of Shiva, often identified with Durga, and in her benevolent aspect with Parvati. She is typically depicted as black, naked, old, and hideous.

Origin

From Sanskrit Kālī ‘black’.

Pronunciation

Kali

/ˈkɑːli/