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Meaning of Dalai Lama

Da•lai La•ma

Pronunciation: (dä'lī lä'mu), [key]
  1. (formerly) the ruler and chief monk of Tibet, believed to be a reincarnation of Avalokitesvara and sought for among newborn children after the death of the preceding Dalai Lama. Cf. Tashi Lama.
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