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Definition

A mark placed on a woman's forehead, sometimes spelled bottu. Typically of a circular shape, it varies in shape and size across South Asia. Ultimately, while a great deal of significance can be put on the cultural reason for such a decoration (does it, for example, signify the "third eye" or chastity or even lack of chastity?), many women simsimply put it there.

Usage

She was sporting her signature pottu when she espied Tulsi Das ogling her like a third-rate roadside romeo.
Added 2011-07-12 by Christine

Root

Tamil

Categories

WALTO

Related Terms

shingar, sindhur, bindi

Terms referencing this

tilak, bindi