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kris a short, double-edged Malayan dagger, usu. having a wavy blade.
Krishna an incarnation of the Hindu god Vishnu, and the second god of the Hindu trinity.
Kriss Kringle see Santa Claus.
Kristallnacht the night of November 9, 1938, also known as the "night of broken glass," during which Nazis in Germany, Austria, and other German-occupied regions of central Europe carried out countless acts of violence against Jews and Jewish property, particularly centering on the destruction and ruination of synagogues and Jewish-owned businesses.
krona1 the chief monetary unit of Sweden, equaling one hundred öre.
krona2 the chief monetary unit of Iceland, equaling one hundred aurar.
krone1 the chief monetary unit of Denmark and Norway, equaling one hundred öre.
krone2 a gold coin formerly minted in Germany worth ten marks. [2 definitions]
kroner pl. of krone1.
krypton an inert gaseous chemical element that has thirty-six protons in each nucleus, used esp. as the atmosphere in high-powered light bulbs. (symbol: Kr)
KS abbreviation of "Kansas," a Midwestern U.S. state between Missouri and Colorado.
kt abbreviation of "karat," a unit of measure for the purity of gold equal to one twenty-fourth part of pure gold.
Kuala Lumpur the capital of Malaysia.
Kublai Khan a Mongol emperor of China from about 1260 to about 1294 and founder of the Mongol dynasty (1216?-1294?).
kuchen a German coffee cake made with yeast dough and usu. containing fruits, nuts, and the like.
kudos (used with a sing. or pl. verb) praise, honor, and appreciation for work done or status achieved.
kudu a large African antelope with narrow white stripes across the back and, in the male, long curved horns.
kugel a casserole of ingredients such as potatoes and noodles that is baked until crusty.
Ku Kluxer a member of the Ku Klux Klan.
Ku Klux Klan a secret society organized and active in the southern United States after the Civil War, which sought to regain white supremacy over newly freed blacks. [2 definitions]
kulak in czarist Russia, a relatively well-off or landholding peasant.