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.
Example sentences
  • 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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