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bin·di

 (bĭn′dē)
n. pl. bin·dis
1. An ornamental dot traditionally worn by Hindu women in the middle of the forehead or between the eyebrows, made of colored sandalwood paste, kohl, or other pigment and having varying religious and social significance, as in indicating marital status.
2. A small body adornment, often a colored or jeweled sticker, worn on various parts of the face and body.

[Hindi bindī, from Middle Indic biṃdu, drop, spot, from Sanskrit binduḥ; perhaps akin to induḥ, drop.]

bindi

(ˈbɪndɪ) or

bindhi

n
(Anthropology & Ethnology) a decorative dot worn in the middle of the forehead, esp by Hindu women
[Hindi]
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A long while this picture was thought to be Bindi Altoviti's portrait; now somebody will again have it to be the self-portrait of Raphael.
Mr Shah sarcastically said the PPP did good by not constructing a comrade's memorial, otherwise today he [Jalal Shah] would not have laid the foundation stone of the memorial in Bindi, the native village of the communist leader.
Not just his wife, but the bindi and mangal sutra of his mother were also removed.
India in a strong statement accused Pakistani authorities of making the mother and wife of the death row prisoner remove their bindi, mangalsutra and bangles ahead of the meeting.
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It is understood a provisional submission "including factual information and testimony" has now been approved by Harris and his daughter Bindi Nicholls, 53, who is backing his case.
Farrah arrived at the Shrine Auditorium in Los Angeles wearing a three-piece sari, a bindi and a traditional headpiece.
POEM OF THE DAY Five Vermillion Bindi The Bindi has been placed, your lives are over after so many years, Time has taken its toll your insides are rotten beyond repairs.
When she tells him, "My bindi keeps me safe and true," he asks her if he can wear one, too--and she happily agrees.