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Brahma

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Brahma

1. The One first Cause; also, one of the triad of Hindoo gods. The triad consists of brahma, the Creator, vishnu, the preserver, and siva, the Destroyer.

According to the Hindoo religious books, brahma (with the final a short), or Brahm, is the divine essence, the One first cause, the All in All, while the personal gods, brahma (with the final a long), vishnu, and siva, are emanations or manifestations of brahma the divine essence.

2. (Science: zoology) a valuable variety of large, domestic fowl, peculiar in having the comb divided lengthwise into three parts, and the legs well feathered. There are two breeds, the dark or penciled, and the light.

Synonym: Brahmapootra.

See: Brahman.