noun Pral·a·ya \ˈprələyə\

Definition of Pralaya



  1. :  a period of dissolution or destruction of the manifested universe at the end of a kalpa according to Hindu philosophy :  the end of the world

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Origin and Etymology of pralaya

Sanskrit, literally, end, destruction

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a trip made at another's expense

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