noun (1)
al·​var | \ ˈȯlˌvär \
plural -s

Definition of alvar

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: the plant community consisting typically of mosses and calciphilous herbaceous plants that grows on steppelike shallow alkaline soils overlying Scandinavian limestones


noun (2)
Al·​var | \ ˈalˌvär, ˈäl- \
plural -s

Definition of Alvar (Entry 2 of 2)

: one of a group of southern Indian Vaishnava saints and devotional writers of the 7th to 9th centuries a.d.

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First Known Use of alvar

Noun (1)

1917, in the meaning defined above

Noun (2)

1865, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for alvar

Noun (1)

Swedish ålvar

Noun (2)

Tamil Ār̤vār, from ār̤- to sink, be immersed in meditation

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“Alvar.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 8 Mar. 2021.

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