Definition of kiva in English:


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Pronunciation: /ˈkiːvə


  • A chamber, built wholly or partly underground, used by male Pueblo Indians for religious rites.
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    • Tensions worsened when Spanish soldiers under Governor Juan Francisco Trevino sacked the Pueblos' sacred kivas.
    • Intriguing acoustic effects have also been noted at sites in the Americas, from Anasazi kivas in New Mexico, to Chichen Itza on Mexico's Yucatan peninsula.
    • Pueblo kivas were built long before the Catholics came.


late 19th century: from Hopi kíva.

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