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agama

noun aga·ma \ ə-ˈgā-mə , ˈa-gə-mə \

Definition of agama

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 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”


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agama

noun aga·ma \ ˈä-gə-mə \

Definition of agama

plural -s
: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


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