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  2  definitions  found 
 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  Brahman  \Brah"man\,  Brahmin  \Brah"min\,  n.;  pl  {Brahmans}, 
  {Brahmins}.  [Skr.  Br[=a]hmana  (cf.  Brahman  worship,  holiness; 
  the  God  Brahma,  also  Brahman):  cf  F.  Brahmane,  Brachmane, 
  Bramine,  L.  Brachmanae  -manes,  -mani,  pl.,  Gr  ?,  pl.] 
  A  person  of  the  highest  or  sacerdotal  caste  among  the 
  Hindoos. 
 
  {Brahman  bull}  (Zo["o]l.),  the  male  of  a  variety  of  the  zebu, 
  or  Indian  ox  considered  sacred  by  the  Hindoos. 
 
  From  WordNet  r  1.6  [wn]: 
 
  Brahman 
  n  1:  a  member  of  a  social  and  cultural  elite  especially  a 
  descendant  of  an  Old  New  England  family:  "a  Boston 
  Brahmin"  [syn:  {Brahmin},  {Brahman}] 
  2:  a  member  of  the  highest  of  the  four  Hindu  castes; 
  "originally  all  Brahmins  were  priests"  [syn:  {Brahmin},  {Brahman}] 
  3:  the  highest  of  the  four  main  Hindu  castes:  the  priestly 
  caste  [syn:  {Brahmin},  {Brahman}] 
  4:  any  of  several  breeds  of  Indian  cattle  especially  a  large 
  American  heat-  and  tick-resistant  grayish  humped  breed 
  evolved  in  the  Gulf  States  by  interbreeding  Indian  cattle 
  and  now  used  chiefly  for  crossbreeding  [syn:  {Brahman},  {Brahma}, 
  {Brahmin},  {Bos  indicus}] 




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