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 (kə-chē′nə) or kat·si·na (kə-chē′nə, kət-sē′-)
1. Any of numerous deified ancestral spirits of the Pueblo peoples, believed to reside in the pueblo for part of each year.
2. A masked dancer believed to embody a particular spirit during a religious ceremony.
3. A carved doll in the costume of a particular spirit, usually presented as a gift to a child.

[Hopi katsina, supernatural being, masked impersonator of a supernatural being.]
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(Non-European Myth & Legend) any of the supernatural beings believed by the Hopi Indians to be the ancestors of living humans
[from Hopi qačina supernatural]
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or ka•tci•na

(kəˈtʃi nə)

n., pl. -nas.
1. any of a class of supernatural beings who play a role in the religious beliefs and rituals of Pueblo Indian peoples.
2. a masked dancer impersonating such a being.
3. a carved wooden doll representing a kachina.
[1885–90; < Hopi ḳacína]
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ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.kachina - a masked dancer during a Pueblo religious ceremony who is thought to embody some particular spirit
dancer, professional dancer, terpsichorean - a performer who dances professionally
2.kachina - a deified spirit of the Pueblo people
disembodied spirit, spirit - any incorporeal supernatural being that can become visible (or audible) to human beings
3.kachina - a carved doll wearing the costume of a particular Pueblo spirit; usually presented to a child as a gift
doll, dolly - a small replica of a person; used as a toy
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