how to pronounce kali


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the above transcription of kali is a detailed (narrow) transcription according to the rules of the International Phonetic Association; you can find a description of each symbol by clicking the phoneme buttons in the secction below.

kali is pronounced in two syllables

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An example use of kali in a speech by a native speaker of american english:

“… a front for the kali drug cartel …”

meanings of kali


  1. Alkali, particularly soda ash or potash.
  2. A type of British crystalline sweet or candy, similar in appearance to sherbet but made with larger sugar crystals.
  3. Traditional Philippine stick fighting, a martial art.
  4. The prickly glasswort (Kali turgida, formerly Salsola kali).


  1. A female given name from Sanskrit used especially in India.
  2. A male demon, lord of Kali Yuga and the nemesis of Kalki, tenth Avatar of Vishnu.
  3. A goddess in Hinduism, one of the most significant figures within that religion, who destroys evil forces and bestows liberation.
  4. A potassium salt.

kali frequency in english - C2 level of CEFR

the word kali occurs in english on average 2.1 times per one million words; this frequency warrants it to be in the study list for C2 level of language mastery according to CEFR, the Common European Framework of Reference.

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