noun (1)
na·​ga | \ ˈnä-gə How to pronounce naga (audio) \
plural -s

Definition of naga

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1 : 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
2 : a Hindu mendicant of any of various sects
3 or less commonly nag \ ˈnäg How to pronounce naga (audio) \ [nag from Hindi nāg, from Sanskrit nāga] : snake especially : cobra


noun (2)
Na·​ga | \ ˈnä-gə How to pronounce Naga (audio) \
plural Naga or Nagas

Definition of Naga (Entry 2 of 2)

1a : 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
b : a member of any such group
2 : any of the Tibeto-Burman languages of the Naga peoples

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Noun (1)

Sanskrit nāga serpent

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