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English Words of Arabic Origin

These words came from Arabic. Guess what they are - based on the definition and starting letter.
Some words passed through intermediate languages to English
The definition is the English definition not necessarily the Arabic one
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Last updated: December 31, 2019
First submittedDecember 28, 2015
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Definition
 
Word
Dip made of chickpeas, tahini, etc...
H
Hummus
Animal with a long neck
G
Giraffe
Trip to hunt or photograph wild animals
S
Safari
Deep red color
C
Crimson
Leader of an Arab tribe or village
S
Sheik
Leader of the Ottoman Empire
S
Sultan
Unit of weight used to measure gems
C
Carat
Commander of a fleet of ships
A
Admiral
Embalmed human corpse
M
Mummy
Tropical rainy season where it rains for
several months with little interruption
M
Monsoon
A demon who feeds on corpses;
Alternately, a graverobber
G
Ghoul
Definition
 
Word
Medieval string instrument
L
Lute
Opposite of zenith
N
Nadir
One who kills a political leader or
other prominent figure
A
Assassin
Branch of mathematics dealing with
rules for solving certain equations
A
Algebra
Group of wives and concubines
H
Harem
Plant whose white flowers are used
to flavor green tea
J
Jasmine
Something fun to drink with chemical
formula C2H6O
A
Alcohol
Type of bird with a long wingspan
A
Albatross
Plant that horses eat
A
Alfalfa
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level ∞
Dec 31, 2019
Thanks also to Snev from whom some questions were taken.
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level 42
Jan 8, 2020
Wow I can't believe my quizzes got recognized! Thanks for giving credit
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level 75
Dec 31, 2019
There could be easily a part two.
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level 73
Jan 1, 2020
Interesting that the largely teetotal Arabic world has given us the word alcohol.
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level 71
Jan 1, 2020
Maybe that says something about you (just joking). Alcohol has other uses, though admittedly it was probably first used for drinking. Goes back to accidentally mixing water with honey, creating heavenly mead. Anyway, Arabic was spoken for centuries if not millennia before the Muslim prohibition.
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level 65
Jan 1, 2020
Just for nitpicking: beer has been probably the oldest alcohol drink (archeology revealed beer jars some 5000 BC).
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level 55
Jan 8, 2020
Alcohol was not initially forbidden in Islam, but after an incident where an important Imam drank too much and was not able to lead the prayers correctly, it was banned for drinking and can only be used for medicinal purposes.
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level 67
Jan 9, 2020
And which Imam was that? I have never heard this story. I know for a fact that alcohol was gradually banned by Muhammad himself through decrees of God, revealed and preserved to this day in specific verses of the Quran, which are easily found by searching Quran.com or a similar site with an index of the Quran.
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level 67
Jan 9, 2020
If you mean this incident happened at the time of Muhammad before the prohibition, then yes that's possible.
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level 78
Jan 3, 2020
Would apples fit the horse clue?
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level 78
Jan 7, 2020
Apple is a germanic word.
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level 44
Jan 9, 2020
Alple
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level 65
Jan 6, 2020
Could Jasmin work for Jasmine?
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level 43
Jan 8, 2020
I kept trying to put in absinthe for the drink. I was way too complicated, I guess.
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level 43
Jan 8, 2020
Also, I'm kind of surprised that so few people got alfalfa.
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level 63
Jan 8, 2020
I only got it by guessing, I've never seen alfalfa, and horses in Ireland (where I live) don't eat it. I don't think it's cultivated or used much in Europe.
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level 55
Jan 8, 2020
I have never even heard of alfalfa.
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level 78
Jan 8, 2020
I just didn't know the English name. In French, we call it Luzerne...
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level 67
Jan 29, 2020
Same in German. And it is fed to horses regularly. But I had heard the plant name "Alfalfa" before, so I thought that might be it.
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level 65
Jan 8, 2020
I would have thought admiral to have come from latin. Via something like ad +mare.
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level 56
Jan 8, 2020
Jasmine is a Persian word. Apparently, according to Wikipedia, it did pass through Arabic before coming to English, but the origin is Persian.
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level 67
Jan 8, 2020
Same holds for about half of these words. Albatross and carat are ultimately from Greek.
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level ∞
Jan 9, 2020
Every word on this list came from another language first. Arabic didn't spring into existence fully formed from the ether.
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level 51
Jan 8, 2020
Did anyone else try ammonia for the 'something fun to drink' question? Probably just me...
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level 61
Jan 8, 2020
Not just you
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level 56
Jan 10, 2020
Well I tried acetone first and to be fair I was just one carbon off.
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level 71
Jan 8, 2020
Albatross!
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level 45
Jan 9, 2020
The Alcohol formula is C2H6OH. There is one more atom of hydrogen in the end
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level ∞
Jan 9, 2020
Here's where I got my info. Please edit if incorrect:
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ethanol
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level 78
Jan 9, 2020
CH3-CH2-OH, that's six hydrogens alright.
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level 73
Jan 14, 2020
commonly expressed as C2H5OH, so it's fine as is. But it's the formula for ethanol, not alcohol - ethanol is just one kind of alcohol.
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level 43
Jan 9, 2020
I'm surprised alcabala, Al Capone, Al Pacino, Al Gore, Al Smith weren't included in the list. (just joking, on the basis that teachers use to say everything beginning with 'al' is of Arabic origin)
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level 63
Jan 20, 2020
I tried Gul, Ghul and Ghool. Then I gave up thinkging I must be wrong.