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  •  Several more words... (4+ / 0-)

    Mandarin: originally from Sanskrit, meaning courtly, hence Mandarin means Chinese spoken in the courts in China.

    Catamaran: from Tamil, roughly meaning a bundle of sticks that float and hence a kind of a boat

    Guru: from Sanskrit by way of Hindi

    Avatar: from Sanskrit meaning an incarnation

    Jodhpurs: a kind of shoe from the city of the same name

    Madras shirt: named after a kind of checkered pattern of weaving

    And many more...

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    by technolinguist on Sun Dec 02, 2012 at 12:14:37 AM PST

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