Saturday, January 23, 2010

Words of Tamil origin borrowed directly from Tamil

The following words were directly borrowed from Tamil:



appam


from Tamil appam (Source: OED)


cash


The primary meaning of the word cash, paper money, or money in general, comes from Latin capsa, chest. A secondary meaning of cash, referring to any of various coins used in southern India and China, comes ultimately from Tamil காசு kācu (Source: OED, AHD, MWD)


catamaran


from Tamil கட்டுமரம் kaṭṭumaram("kattu"=tied up, "maram"=wood) (Source: OED, AHD, MWD)


cheroot


from French cheroute, from Tamil சுருட்டு curuṭṭu, roll or rolled (Source: OED, AHD, MWD)


corundum


from a Tamil word for 'ruby', குருந்தம் kuruntam or குருவிந்தம் kuruvintam (Source: OED)


coir


from the Tamil word kayaru for rope or thread or to be twisted. (Source: The American Heritage Dictionary)


curry


from Tamil கறி kaṟi, sauce (Source: OED, AHD, MWD)


godown


from கிடங்கு kidangu/kodangu a Tamil word for store room (Source: OED)


illupi


from Tamil iluppai (Source: OED)


kabadi/kabaddi


from Tamil kabadi (Source: OED)


Maldivian


from Tamil malaidhivu("maalai"=garland, "theevu"=island), (Source: OED)


Moringa


from முருங்கை murungai , a Tamil word for drumstick (Source: OED, AHD)


mulligatawny


from Tamil மிளகுத்தண்ணீர் miḷaku-taṇṇīr from miḷaku black pepper taṇṇīr, water (Source: OED, AHD, MWD)


nadaswaram/nagaswaram


from Tamil nagasvaram (Source: OED)


pariah


from Tamil பறையர் paṟaiyar , plural of பறையன் paṟaiyaṉ (Source: OED, AHD, MWD)


pandal


from Tamil pandal (Source: OED)


pongal


from Tamil pongal


poonga oil


from Tamil punku, oil from pungam tree (Source: OED)


poppadom


from அப்பளம் appalam a Tamil word for a crispy side dish (Source: OED)


portia tree


from Tamil puvaracu (Source: OED)


sambar


from Tamil sambar (Source: OED)


sangam


from Tamil sancam, (Source: OED)


Tamil


from Tamil Tamizh


tutenag


from Tamil tuttunagam (Source: OED)


vetiver


from Tamil vettiver; a tropical Indian grass; Botanical name: Vetiveria zizanioides; its aromatic roots are used for weaving screens and baskets and the oil in perfumery (source: AHD)


Anicut


from Tamil Anaikattu


Tope


from Tamil thoppu A grove or group of trees


Chutney


sauce made by blending the ingredients (Source: Webster's Dictionary)
 
 
 
reference taken from : http://wapedia.mobi/
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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