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Douglas Harper's Etymology Dictionary

in Hindu mythology, race of serpent demons, offspring of Kaduru, guardians of the under-regions; 1785, from Sanskrit naga "serpent, snake," of unknown origin.


n. (alternative spelling of nāga English)


Naga or NAGA may refer to:

  • Nāga, a group of serpent deities in Hindu and Buddhist mythology
  • Phaya Naga, mythical creatures believed to live in the Laotian stretch of the Mekong River
  • Naga fireball, a phenomenon seen along the Mekong

Nāga ( IAST: nāgá; Devanāgarī: नाग) is the Sanskrit and Pali word for a deity or class of entity or being, taking the form of a very great snake—specifically the king cobra, found in Indian religions, mainly Hinduism, Buddhism and Jainism. A female nāga is a nāgī or nāgiṇī.

Naga (Marvel Comics)

Naga is a fictional character and Marvel Comics supervillain. Created by writer Roy Thomas and artist Marie Severin, he first appeared in Sub-Mariner #9 (January 1969).

Naga (Dungeons & Dragons)

In the Dungeons & Dragons fantasy role-playing game, nagas comprise a variety of similar species of intelligent aberrations with widely differing abilities and alignments.

Nagas appear as large snake-like creatures with humanoid heads. They often range widely in coloring and scale patterns, but are all usually about the same size. Most will 'stand' at a height about equal to or just above that of a regular human (six feet or so), but because of the length of their trailing tails they can raise themselves up by a few feet, to intimidate foes, or simply get a better view. The four most common races of naga are the dark naga, guardian naga, spirit naga, and water naga.

NAGA (gene)

Alpha-N-acetylgalactosaminidase is an enzyme that in humans is encoded by the NAGA gene.

Naga (director)

Naga (, birthname: Nagarajan) is a director of Tamil films and TV Shows from Tamil Nadu, India. He is especially acclaimed for directing the hit television series Marmadesam series in the late 1990s. He made his debut as a film director in 2010 with the film Anandhapurathu Veedu. He is an alumnus of the Film and Television Institute of India, Pune.

Usage examples of "naga".

Yoshi Naga, officer of the watch, was a mean-tempered, dangerous youth of seventeen.

Even if Hiro-matsu had not been expected, Naga would still have admitted him.

Last, a private message had been sent to the abbot through intermediaries, that unless she was brought safely out of the monastery within twenty-four hours, Naga, the only son of ToraNaga within reach and any of his women that could be caught, would, unhappily, wake up in the leper village, having been fed by them, watered by them, and serviced by one of their whores.

Then samurai were crowding the doorway, some with lanterns, and Naga, wearing only a loincloth, his hair tousled, leapt between him and Blackthorne, sword on high.

Yabu and Omi and Igurashi and Naga and Zukimoto and a few of the other officers, talking about war, answering questions about war.

Only Naga, the second-in-command, son of the arch-enemy, had said nothing, and had remained throughout the evening cold, arrogant, stiff-backed, with the characteristic large ToraNaga nose on a taut face.

Yabu was uncommonly tense, and Omi and Naga both had been touchy almost to the point of belligerence.

They were forming into their companies, Omi and Naga in front of them, both wearing swords again.

Three of their comrades stood behind them as their seconds, long swords out and raised, two-handed, all of them now unmolested by Naga and his men.

Then, because the youth had done his duty well, Naga signaled to his lieutenant.

Yabu told it truly, omitting only the fact that Naga had been manipulated by Omi.

In his whole life Naga had never seen his father shout with rage or lose his temper, or even heard of him doing so.

ToraNaga excitedly shouted encouragement, warning of the danger ahead, Naga forgotten.

At once Naga took off the saddle and the horse blanket and laid them on the ground as a samurai bed.

Then ToraNaga sent them away, except Mariko, telling Naga to order the Anjin-san here.