Words Named for Places

Guess these words that were derived from the name of a place such as a city, state, or country.
All the answers are a SINGLE WORD
The words are DERIVED from place names, not necessarily equal to place names
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Last updated: April 7, 2020
First submittedJanuary 31, 2012
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Definition
Place
Word
Ground beef sandwich
German city
Hamburger
Two-piece swimsuit
Atoll in the Marshall Islands
Bikini
Health club
Belgian town
Spa
Unconventional and artistic
Czech region
Bohemian
Men's formal wear
Village in New York state
Tuxedo
Paper used in certain envelopes
Philippines city
Manila
Ball sport
English town
Rugby
Cylindrical red hat
Moroccan city
Fez
Type of pastry
Country
Danish
Porcelain
Country
China
To kidnap a person for service on a ship
Chinese city
Shanghai
Long race
Greek town
Marathon
Footstool
Former Asian empire
Ottoman
Extinct human species
German valley
Neanderthal
Type of mustard
French city
Dijon
Homosexual woman
Greek island
Lesbian
Forbidden sexual activity
Biblical city
Sodomy
A place that is the center of an activity or interest
Saudi Arabian city
Mecca
Yellow bird
Spanish island chain
Canary
Fragrance
Germany city
Cologne
Very small breed of dog
Mexican state
Chihuahua
Gold coin worth 21 shillings
African region
Guinea
Lightweight fabric
Former name of Chennai, India
Madras
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Level 72
Jan 31, 2012
Clever quiz...pretty happy w/ 18.
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Level 73
Jan 31, 2012
Cool quiz!
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Level 57
Feb 1, 2012
great quiz! learned a lot!
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Level 19
Mar 30, 2013
argh i knew the sodomy question had to do with sodom
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Level 70
Aug 13, 2014
The canary did not get its name from the canary islands. But rather, the canary islands were so named by King Juba because of the "vast multitudes of dogs of very large size." The island was originally called Canariae Insulae, or "Island of the Dogs." http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Canary_islands
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Level ∞
Aug 14, 2014
The bird is named for the islands, not vice versa.
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Level 76
Nov 26, 2015
The islands were named the Canary Islands after dogs. The birds were then named after the islands, just to confuse etymologists in the future.
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Level 81
Jul 18, 2018
Wikipedia articles are written, overwritten, undone and flamed back and forth by anyone with an opinion and an internet connection. Never use them as a source. Hey, you or your internet sparring partner can just go change it like anyone else on the internet.
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Level 64
Jul 25, 2019
According to one study that counted the amount of errors within, Wikipedia is as reliable as the Encyclopaedia Britannica. Yes, dictionaries also have mistakes, turns out having something printed doesn't make it indisputable truth. How about that.
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Level 67
Sep 17, 2019
yea, I am not saying it is foulproof and the best source for everything, but the fact that anyone can edit it does not make the best argument against it. It means that all faults can get picked out. Unlike dictionaries and other written sources, often only edited by 1 person (and perhaps written by 1 too) I would think that would make a bigger argument for getting it wrong.

the only thing when it gets messy is when it is more about opinions than facts. When it is about thngs that can be proven or measured, (just like in science) things will be altered untill the best most correct version keeps standing. But with unclear matters it can become pingpong (but wether that is better or worse than one of the opinions being forced upon you as the one and only truth like when it comes from a single source..

I can write a book claiming the earth is flat, ow wait, a cube perhaps, and since noone can argue with me, it will be the truth..

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Level ∞
Apr 7, 2020
Wikipedia is a decent source. It should not be considered a definitive source. Depending on the domain, other sources are better. But it is sure as heck is more accurate than internet commenters who post with no source at all.
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Level 77
Apr 8, 2020
Wait, why would someone name a bird a "canary" if it looked nothing like a dog?
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Level 67
Apr 8, 2020
Well, there are some bird species know to look like dogs,Here's one Just google dogbird for more.
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Level 74
Apr 8, 2020
^ Ha ha, that would make Ray Comfort and Kirk Cameron proud!
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Level 48
Aug 31, 2014
I don't even know that there is Manila paper before I've googled it. I'd known only Manila rope.
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Level 58
Feb 9, 2015
"I'll never forget that sweet Filipino girl who taught me the position known as: The Manila Envelope" - Arthur (Rip Torn) from the Larry Sanders Show.
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Level 72
Aug 4, 2016
I only knew of manila folders.
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Level 52
Aug 31, 2014
This was a great quiz, thank you. It was interesting, unusual, well planned and educational. It really made me dredge through my memory banks for some of the answers and I learnt a few things about the answers I did not already know. Thank you
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Level 82
Sep 2, 2014
Great quiz, not sure why I got hung up on danish, but finally got it.
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Level 76
May 30, 2015
Thought of Badminton before I thought of Rugby... I'm always forgetting that you don't play badminton with a ball. D'oh!
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Level 72
Feb 23, 2017
Racked my brain for a country that was also a pastry. Danish? Good quiz!
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Level 66
Apr 8, 2020
I'm Danish, and didn't get danish. I guess it's because we don't call it danish in Denmark, we call it "Wienerbrød", which translates to Vienna Bread.
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Level 74
Apr 11, 2020
clue should be nationality and not country
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Level 63
Apr 20, 2020
All the clues are places, not demonyms, nationalities, or otherwise; this is the point of the quiz, and makes it harder on purpose.
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Level 62
Apr 2, 2017
Interesting quiz. I always thought that the Canary Islands were named after the bird, not the other way around.
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Level 76
Apr 3, 2017
They were named after dogs (canis in Latin)
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Level 78
Apr 4, 2017
So, all in all, some birds was named after dogs. Wonder if they love the idea.
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Level 79
Apr 2, 2017
fes for fez?
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Level 71
Apr 2, 2017
Remember -- the answer is the common English word, not its inspiration. As the Drunken Shriner said to some of his fellow conventioneers, "I remember the fez but I can't place the name."
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Level 79
Apr 2, 2017
I thought "spa" was a Latin acronym. Sanus per Aquam (health through water)
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Level 70
Apr 2, 2017
You've been reading the 'Urban Myth' handbook again.
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Level 79
Apr 4, 2017
nah there are just a lot of bad tour guides in Italy.
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Level 59
Jul 25, 2019
Half the job of a tour guide is to lie to make the place they are doing a tour of seen more influential or interesting.
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Level ∞
Apr 7, 2020
I was traveling with my wife (then girlfriend) in Yellowstone National Park. We were on a boat trip and the guide said "Yellowstone Lake is the world's largest lake at this elevation or higher". And I raised my hand and said "what about Lake Titicaca?" I was not my wife's favorite person that day.
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Level ∞
Apr 7, 2020
Interestingly, in France, some of the tour guides have college degrees in guiding tours. We had some really excellent chateaux tours in the Loire Valley.
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Level 76
Apr 7, 2020
That's how it is in Greece generally, the guide exam is on the level of a college degree.
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Level 78
Apr 8, 2020
I thought the job of a tourguide was to tell a sob story about the bus driver, then seem so touched when a tourist volunteers to pass the hat and take up a collection to help the driver out. That happened to my parents, and it also happened to friends who took the same tour two years in a row. They bit the first time, but let the hat pass by them the second time when they realized it was a scam. (Not saying all tour guides are like that, but as in any other business, there are scammers out there.)
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Level 80
Apr 2, 2017
Spa towns are named after the Belgian town, whose name is probably a relative of "sparse", not an acronym.
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Level 79
Apr 4, 2017
that makes more sense.
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Level 67
Sep 17, 2019
Sparse?? what ? No. Where did you get that from (can't find any reference to sparsity) . The name of the town came from the local word for spring, "espa" first it was just a description (like with many placenames), later turned into a name.
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Level 67
Apr 8, 2020
Might ve come across a bit harse over here, I apologise. I apparently was struck a bit too much by surprise and that might have come out a bit unfriendly.
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Level 80
Apr 10, 2020
You are probably right, but that word for spring would come from the latin "sparsa". I may have translated a bit hastily, though another theory is the latin "spatia" (meaning spaced, roomy,...).
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Level 43
Apr 2, 2017
Most of the ones I missed I could come up with the place, but not the word
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Level 76
Nov 10, 2017
I didn't know that about the word spa, it turns up in a lot of place names but I didn't know that it was ultimately derived from a place name.
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Level 67
Sep 17, 2019
Remember though, that baths are not named after Bath, but in this case the other way around ;)
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Level 50
Apr 22, 2018
Got 18. Knew a couple more as it turns out
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Level 44
Jul 25, 2019
I put 'Bohemia' instead of 'Bohemian'
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Level 38
Jul 25, 2019
Really nice quiz idea! Missed Danish and a few others, but found the quiz extremely interesting nonetheless.
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Level 66
Sep 30, 2019
I thought sodomy just meant anal sex? Well, I guess in some countries that is still forbidden..
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Level 78
Sep 30, 2019
Sodomy generally refers to anal sex, but can also be used to refer to other sexual acts that one's government and/or religious leaders don't approve of. In its most restrictive, it can refer to ANY non-procreative sexual act.
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Level 82
Apr 7, 2020
It's not as immoral as Gomorramy.
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Level 77
Apr 8, 2020
Nearly spit my drink out.
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Level 82
Apr 7, 2020
You misspelled "chihuahua" in your answer. Also, I believe the derivation of "Guinea" is in some dispute.
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Level 77
Apr 7, 2020
Greetings from Mustard City!
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Level 79
Apr 7, 2020
belgian not beglian
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Level 78
Apr 7, 2020
Nice quiz!
There are two misspellings though: "Belgian" and "Chihuahua"
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Level ∞
Apr 7, 2020
Okay
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Level 73
Apr 7, 2020
Fun fact: The Neandertal was itself named after Joachim Neander, a german priest who often held services in said valley.
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Level 67
Apr 8, 2020
Didn't know that :) nice to learn new factoids
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Level 67
Apr 8, 2020
Ofcourse I had to look it up now. Apparently the guys familyname was Neumann (which makes more sense to me, part of the reason I looked it up was because I had never heard of Neander as a german last name). It was translated into greek "neo-ander" as Neu Mann means new man. Neumanntall actually sounds better Newmanvalley, well actualy it is more like pre-man, the new (hu)man came after.
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Level 63
Apr 8, 2020
I never heard of a health club before. Maybe because that's not a term here. Wellness center I would've gotten.
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Level 77
Apr 8, 2020
"Type of pastry = Country"...I actually typed Turkey. SMH Probably a good thing I never opened a bakery.

I'm sorry ma'am, we're all out of the halibut macaroons. But the pork cannolis are fresh!
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Level 78
Apr 8, 2020
Maybe you were thinking of Turkish Taffy or Turkish Delight candies? They aren't pastries, but it's a reasonable detour for one's brain pathways. (And I know a LOT about those detours.)
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Level 74
Apr 11, 2020
clue should have been nationality and not country
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Level 65
Apr 13, 2020
Ottomon, less a footstool, more a divan/backless sofe/blanker box?
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Level 63
Apr 30, 2020
There is a lot of dispute on the hamburger origin, with a lot of people having claims on the invention & naming. It is quite likely that it was not named after the German city, though https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hamburger#Claims_of_invention
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Level 59
Apr 30, 2020
Smashed it. Scored 23/23 with 2:23 left on the clock. There was only four I couldn't get first time through but I had enough time left to come up with the right answers.
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Level 65
Apr 30, 2020
I've been to Football several times. Nice place.
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Level 57
Apr 30, 2020
Kiiking is also pretty great, i especially like the view from there, very dynamic place.
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Level 57
Apr 30, 2020
got 19, a few typein proposals: Fes, Sodomity and what I would generally like is for the place to be accepted too.
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Level 59
Apr 30, 2020
You probably meant "German city" and not "Germany city" in the clue for "fragrance" :)
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Level 59
Apr 30, 2020
I first tried Essen for the German fragrance question, you know, as in "essence.' Sigh. I've done too many crossword puzzles.
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Level 53
Apr 30, 2020
point of information: the game of rugby wasn't named for the town of Rugby but for Rugby School, a posh boys school where it was invented as a spinoff of football (the english one, not the american one).
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Level 65
Apr 30, 2020
Really minor technicality, but the village in New York that gave the tuxedo its name is called Tuxedo Park. It's in the Town of Tuxedo. The gated development of Tuxedo Park was established in 1886, and the town in which the development lay separated from the Town of Monroe three years later. Tuxedo Park was a well-off area until the stock market crash, and the black-tie suit became known as a tuxedo because of the people of Tuxedo Park - which didn't become an incorporated village until much later (1952). Like many area place names, Tuxedo is derived from a Lenape word. (I used to live 30 miles from there.)
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Level 38
May 2, 2020
I thought that the English money was pronounced 'gui-nee'', while the country is pronounced "Gui-nea". Not a sound alike at all.
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Level 58
Jun 4, 2020
I thought madras was a medium-to-hot curry.