niyoga

noun ni·yo·ga \ nēˈyōgə \

Definition of niyoga

plural -s
Hindu law
: an appointed task; specifically : the appointment of a brother or any near kinsman to raise up issue to a deceased childless husband by marrying his widow

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Origin and Etymology of niyoga

Sanskrit, order, duty, from niyunakti he orders, enjoins, from ni- down, into + yunakti he yokes, joins


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