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An underground or partly underground chamber in a Pueblo village, used by the men especially for ceremonies or councils.

[Hopi kíva.]
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(Anthropology & Ethnology) a large underground or partly underground room in a Pueblo Indian village, used chiefly for religious ceremonies
[from Hopi]
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(ˈki və)

n., pl. -vas.
a large chamber in a Pueblo Indian village, often wholly or partly underground, used for religious ceremonies and other purposes.
[1870–75, Amer.; < Hopi]
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- In Native American Pueblo practices, an underground chamber used by the males for religious rites.
See also related terms for males.
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