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noun (1)

na·​ga ˈnä-gə How to pronounce naga (audio)
plural -s
: a member of a race of spirits recognized in Hinduism and Buddhism that have mingled superhuman and serpent qualities, are genii of waters and rain, and live in a subaqueous kingdom
: a Hindu mendicant of any of various sects
or less commonly nag [nag from Hindi nāg, from Sanskrit nāga] : snake
especially : cobra


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noun (2)

Na·​ga ˈnä-gə How to pronounce Naga (audio)
plural Naga or Nagas
: one of a group of Tibeto-Burman peoples in the Naga hills, Assam, and in adjoining parts of Burma east of the Chindwin river and the Hukawng valley
: a member of any such group
: any of the Tibeto-Burman languages of the Naga peoples

Word History


Noun (1)

Sanskrit nāga serpent

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“Naga.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 3 Oct. 2023.

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