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agama

noun aga·ma \ə-ˈgā-mə, ˈa-gə-mə\

Definition of agama

  1. 1 capitalized :  a genus (the type of the family Agamidae) of Old World terrestrial lizards including many that are of bright and changeable colors

  2. 2 plural -s :  a lizard of the genus Agama

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Origin and Etymology of agama

borrowed from New Latin (Linnaeus), probably borrowed from Sranan (or a related English-based creole of Suriname, whence modern Sranan agama, “any of various large lizards or small iguanas,” Saramaccan, “chameleon,”), borrowed from Gbe àgãmã “chameleon”


First Known Use: 1796


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agama

noun aga·ma \ˈä-gə-mə\

Definition of agama

plural

-s

  1. :  one of a class of tantric treatises accepted as scripture within Hinduism and Buddhism — compare tantra

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Origin and Etymology of agama

Sanskrit āgama, literally, arrival, acquisition of knowledge, from āgacchati he comes, arrives, from ā towards + gacchati he goes; akin to gamati he goes — more at acharya, come


First Known Use: 1803


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