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Kailash a large mountain in the Himalayas that is considered sacred in a number of religions, including Buddhism, Hinduism, and Jainism. In Hinduism, Kailash is believed to be the home of Shiva.
kaiser an emperor of Germany from 1871 to 1918.
kaiser roll a large baked roll with a hard crust, used for sandwiches.
Kalahari a desert of southern Africa occupying a large area of Botswana as well as parts of Namibia and South Africa (prec. by the).
Kalahari Desert an arid and sandy region of southern Africa occupying a large area of Botswana as well as parts of Namibia and South Africa.
kale a variety of the cabbage plant having loose wrinkled and curled leaves, or the leaves of this plant used as a vegetable.
kaleidoscope a rotating tube in which changing symmetrical forms are created by the reflection, in mirrors set at angles to each other, of small bits of colored class moving in a chamber at one end of the tube. [2 definitions]
kalends variant of calends.
Kali a Hindu goddess of life and death.
Kalmuck a member of a Buddhist Mongol tribe of northwestern China and the lower Volga River region. [2 definitions]
kalsomine see calcimine.
Kamasutra an ancient Hindu manual of sexual love.
kamikaze in the Japanese armed forces during World War II, a pilot whose mission was to crash his airplane against the target as a suicide bomb.
Kampala the capital of Uganda.
kampong a small Malay village or community.
Kampuchea the official name of Cambodia during a period of Vietnamese rule in the 197s and 1980s.
kana either of two Japanese syllabic scripts, katakana and hiragana, consisting of seventy-one characters each. (Cf. kanji.) [2 definitions]
Kanchenjunga the world's third highest mountain, located in the Himalayas on the border between India and Nepal.
kangaroo any of a group of large plant-eating marsupials of Australia and Tanzania, having powerful hind legs for jumping and a long, heavy tail used for balance.
kangaroo court an unauthorized court, such as one set up by prison inmates or strikers, that often disregards or parodies normal legal procedures.
kangaroo rat any of various long-tailed and long-legged jumping rodents of desert regions in Mexico and the western United States, or a similar one of Australia.