Definition of makara in English:


Pronunciation /ˈmʌkərə/


  • A mythical crocodile or other sea-animal, variously represented in Indian art; (in Indian contexts) the equivalent of Capricorn in the signs of the zodiac.


Late 19th century; earliest use found in Edward Green Balfour (1813–1889), surgeon and naturalist. From Sanskrit makara crocodile, kind of sea-monster, name of the tenth sign of the zodiac; of uncertain etymology.