lin·​gam | \ ˈliŋ-gəm \
variants: or linga \ ˈliŋ-​gə \

Definition of lingam

: a stylized phallic symbol that is worshipped in Hinduism as a sign of generative power and that represents the god Shiva — compare yoni

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Axel Vervoordt owns an Indian lingam from the 19th century. WSJ, "Corrections & Amplifications," 6 Apr. 2018 In every nook and cranny are numerous shrines and lingams. Antonia Neubauer, Town & Country, "How to Plan a Trip to Asia," 5 Oct. 2016 The oval object in front is a Japanese lingam from the 19th century. Thomas Gebremedhin, WSJ, "Axel Vervoordt’s Favorite Things," 27 Mar. 2018 Magazine incorrectly said that the lingam was Japanese in origin. WSJ, "Corrections & Amplifications," 6 Apr. 2018 The tradition is that a pregnant woman walks into the river and discovers the lingam with her feet. Thomas Gebremedhin, WSJ, "Axel Vervoordt’s Favorite Things," 27 Mar. 2018 A city of lingams dedicated to the Lord God Shiva, Varanasi is known as an auspicious place to die and a super-highway to heaven. Antonia Neubauer, Town & Country, "How to Plan a Trip to Asia," 5 Oct. 2016 The builders of Vat Phou had noticed this and proclaimed it a natural lingam of Shiva. Edward Wong, New York Times, "Along the Mekong River, a Timeless Place Where Time Marches On," 4 Apr. 2017

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First Known Use of lingam

1719, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for lingam

Sanskrit liṅga (nominative liṅgam), literally, characteristic

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