A polite or respectful gesture of greeting or farewell widely used among Hindus and made by pressing the palms together at an upward angle in front of the chest and generally accompanied by a slight bow.
Used to express a polite or respectful greeting or farewell.
[Ultimately (via Hindi, Punjabi, and other South Asian languages) from Sanskrit namaskāraḥ, act of saying namaḥ in homage : namaḥ, namas-, homage, obeisance; see nem- in the Appendix of Indo-European roots + kāra-, doing, making (from karoti, he makes; see kwer- in the Appendix of Indo-European roots).]
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